A watershed action plan is a comprehensive plan for protecting and improving the watershed. A watershed action plan includes an inventory of the watershed resources and identifies and evaluates problems within the watershed. The plan then details goals to protect the high quality resources and to address identified problem areas. Through funding from Ohio EPA and member communities, CRWP developed the Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan in 1999.

Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan

In December 2006, CRWP revised the Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan. CRWP received the notice of full endorsement from the Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water and ODNR, Division of Soil and Water Conservation on December 18, 2006.

The Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan (pdf 6MB) was revised on January 15, 2010 to incorporate data from Ohio EPA sampling activities, Chagrin TMDL Study, the Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan, and input from Plan stakeholders.

We make ongoing revisions to the Plan based on comments from Ohio EPA, ODNR, and Plan stakeholders, as well as information gained through implementation of the Plan. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (440) 975-3870 with any questions or comments on this Plan.

Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy
(NPS-IS)


An NPS-IS is a living strategic watershed planning document that summarizes causes and sources of impairment, establishes critical areas, identifies quantifiable objectives to address causes and sources of impairment, and describes projects designed to meet those objectives. An NPS-IS is updated as projects are developed and completed. Every updated version (containing new projects and/or new data) must be reviewed and approved by Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA. Projects must be included in an approved NPS-IS in order to be eligible for State and Federal funding.   
 
CRWP developed and updates an NPS-IS for each of the Chagrin River's 7 subwatersheds:
  1. Aurora Branch Headwaters
  2. McFarland Creek - Aurora Branch
  3. Beaver Creek - Chagrin River
  4. Silver Creek - Chagrin River
  5. Griswold Creek - Chagrin River
  6. East Branch - Chagrin River
  7. Town of Willoughby - Chagrin River (coming soon)

CRWP assisted our Central Lake Erie Basin Collaborative partners in developing NPS-IS plans for other subwatersheds in Northeast Ohio.

  1. Cahoon Creek-Porter Creek/Frontal Lake Erie 
  2. Lake Erie Tributaries: Euclid Creek to Chagrin River

A list of approved Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies is on Ohio EPA's website.

We all want our streams and Lake Erie to be healthy. You can help! Take a survey.


If you live or work in Northern Ohio, please complete one of the following surveys to provide input on:
  • Eroding sections of streams and the Lake Erie coast
  • Areas for improved management of stormwater and flooding
  • Areas to protect for public greenspace and wildlife habitat


Chagrin River Watershed

View map of the Chagrin River watershed here. The Plan will address Aurora Branch, McFarland Creek, Beaver Creek, Silver Creek, Griswold Creek, East Branch, Mainstem Chagrin, Lower Chagrin.

 

Cahoon Creek-Porter Creek/Frontal Lake Erie

The Plan will address Sperry Creek, Spencer Creek, Wischmeyer Creek and other areas that drain to Lake Erie in portions of Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, North Olmsted, Fairview Park, Lakewood, and Cleveland.

 

The Plan will address the lower Cuyahoga River watershed and includes the now buried streams of Burke Branch, Kingsbury Run, Morgan/Morgana Run and Walworth Run. This watershed covers portions of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Heights, Newburgh Heights, Shaker Heights, and Warrensville Heights.

 

Lake Erie Tributaries: Euclid Creek to Chagrin River

The Plan will address small streams that drain directly to Lake Erie between Euclid Creek and the Chagrin River. The area covers 21 square miles in eastern Cuyahoga and western Lake Counties, including portions of Cleveland, Eastlake, Euclid, Lakeline, Richmond Heights, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, and Willowick.

 

LaDue Reservoir - Bridge Creek

The Plan will address part of the upper Cuyahoga River watershed and includes the LaDue Reservoir, Bridge Creek, Burton Wetlands, Punderson State Park, Auburn Marsh Wildlife Area, Snow Lake, Lake Kelso, and Fern Lake. This watershed covers parts of Newbury Township, Burton Township, Auburn Township, Mantua Township, Bainbridge Township, and Troy Township.
 

West Branch Cuyahoga River

The Plan will address part of the upper Cuyahoga River watershed and includes Aquilla Wildlife Area, Burton Wetlands, and Veterans Legacy Woods. This watershed covers parts of Aquilla, Burton, Burton Township, Claridon Township, Hambden Township, Munson Township, and Newbury Township. 
 

Black Brook

The Plan will address the Black Brook subwatershed. This watershed covers parts of Mantua Township, Troy Township, and Auburn Township.


Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan

Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan

The Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan incorporates the Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan which was endorsed by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission on September 28, 2009. CRWP and Chagrin River watershed communities collaborated to develop the Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan (pdf 15MB)to advance the  implementation of best local land use practices.

CRWP and watershed communities worked to ensure that designated PDAs throughout the Chagrin River watershed linked to transportation, water, and sewer infrastructure and planning. The PCA designations promote the protection of existing green space and preservation of additional critical areas to minimize loss of habitat, farmland, forest, and open space. In addition, the designations of both PCAs and PDAs balance local economic development goals while planning ahead to efficiently use infrastructure and protect the Chagrin River and Lake Erie for future generations. CRWP continues to work with watershed communities to implement the recommendations from this Plan including the use of best local land use practices, incorporation of concepts into local comprehensive land use plans, coordination of mitigation activities for stream and wetland impacts to further implement PCAs and PDAs, continued open space acquisition, and economic development initiatives.

For additional information on the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the Balanced Growth Program, please see http://balancedgrowth.ohio.gov/.

 

The Chagrin River Watershed Action Plan was prepared by Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. in part under award NA10NOS4190182  from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management.  The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, or the Office of Coastal Management. The Chagrin River Watershed Balanced Growth Plan was developed under a grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Ohio Water Development Authority, and with the support of our Members.