Cost Shares for Urban Streambanks
Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District
Basin Program Funds:
Lake County, Ohio has three valuable watersheds, a Lake Erie marsh, and two
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) designated scenic rivers, whose
integrity are threatened by urban development. Sedimentation of the river mouths
is the most significant impact of construction since neither the county nor
municipalities have plans for storm water management or creek corridor conservation.
There is a need to educate riparian land owners in best management practices
(BMP) in order to ensure long-term erosion control and provide support for municipal
The Chagrin River has been classified a state scenic river with cold-water habitat.
The Grand River is designated a wild river with a rating as an exceptional warm-water
habitat. Both rivers are experiencing increasing sediment build-up from nonpoint
sources. Sedimentation degrades aquatic habitat and affects navigation. The
Chagrin River Port Authority estimates an annual dredging of 10,000 cubic yards
to enhance recreational boating, while commercial access to Fairport Harbor
will require removal of 225,000 cubic yards of sediment in 1997.
The Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District has a 50 year
tradition of working with private landowners to conserve soil and water resources.
In the affected watersheds the District will offer five riparian landowners
technical assistance and small financial incentives as well as a 50 percent
cost-share of materials, to encourage better stewarding of their stream banks.
This pilot project will enable District personnel to assess landowner interest
and responsiveness to determine the need for a continued cost-share program.
The District also believes this pilot will help develop technical skills in
bio-engineered solutions to erosion and sediment control, both among their personnel
and, if sufficient interest is displayed, among local landscape contractors.
Five demonstration sites have been chosen from 11 applicants. Site bioengineering
designs and budgets are being developed by the program consultant. When bioengineering
designs are complete, the project team will finalize negotiations with land
owners, organize purchase of materials and arrange for labor and then install
the chosen BMP. At the same time, project personnel will organize a seminar
to introduce bioengineering to landscapers and other contractors.
Contact: Dan Donaldson, (440) 350-2730