Storm Water Quality

The City of Green has partnered with Summit Soil and Water Conservation District, Summit County Engineers Office and 24 other Summit County communities in a group permit to satisfy an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II General Permit. The Summit County Countywide Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) is a program consisting of 6 Control Measures:

Control Measure 1 - Public Education and Outreach
Control Measure 2 - Public Involvement & Participation
Control Measure 3 - Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
Control Measure 4 - Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
Control Measure 5 - Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development & Redevelopment
Control Measure 6 - Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations

Why does storm water quality matter?

When it rains the storm water washes over lawns and pavements into storm sewers or ditches then eventually ends up in our streams, lakes or wetlands. Along the way the storm water picks up excess fertilizers, pesticides, animal waste, oils and other pollutants. In the City of Green most of the water in our streams flows to either the Portage Lakes (which includes the Nimisila Reservoir) or the Tuscarawas River. The Portage Lakes and the Tuscarawas River are important recreational attractions in Northeast Ohio. Many people use these waters to fish, boat and swim so the water quality is vital to maintaining these regional assets.

Down the Storm Drain

What are the health risks for flooding?

Check out this great article on the Summit County webpage about the health risks.

What is the City doing?

  • Storm water quality is one of the many aspects of the City’s Living Green movement.
  • The Storm Water Initiatives Committee was established to develop innovative and effective storm water management – both quality and quantity.
  • Did you know the City has a rain garden? The garden by the school house in Boettler Park captures the rain water from the roof of the school house. The plants drink the rain water while ground water is recharged with the absorption of the excess water.

Rain Garden at Boettler Park

  • The City has a program for street sweeping and catch basin cleaning. By cleaning streets and catch basins we are reducing pollutants that end up in our streams, ponds and lakes.
  • Because our streams are important to us, the City adopted the Riparian Corridor protection ordinance in 2003. (Link to legislation) This ordinance protects the sensitive areas within stream corridors which results in reduced flooding impacts, reduced stream bank erosion, reduced pollutants and higher quality stream habitats.
  • Active construction sites can cause soil erosion and send sedimentation into the storm sewer system. In order to reduce or prevent this erosion and sedimentation, the City adopted erosion and sediment control measures for construction sites. (Link to legislation)
  • In an effort to locate non-point source pollution and in partnership with the Summit County Health Department, the City adopted regulations for illicit discharges into the City’s storm sewer system. (Link to legislation)

Together these policies and projects help to control storm water quality and quantity throughout the city of Green.

What can you do?

  • Did you know we’re selling rain barrels? Check out our Rain Barrel page and consider installing one at your home.
  • Call us if you see a storm water quality problem…330-896-6614. Or the Service Department for flooding problems…330-896-6607.
  • Pick up pet waste.
  • Do not dump chemicals, solvents, paints, auto fluids, leaves or pet waste into the storm water drains.
  • Check out the downloads section to the right for more information.
  • Do you know a troop or organization interested in earning a fun patch? Consider the Storm Water Patch!
  • If you have a septic system, make sure that it is properly maintained.

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