Ohio is a “water-rich” state, with more than 166,962 miles of streams and 483,000 acres of wetlands. Each body of water within the state either drains to the Lake Erie basin or the Ohio River basin.
Approximately one-third of the state (the “Lake Erie basin”) drains to Lake Erie, with the other two-thirds (the “Ohio River basin”) drain to the Ohio River.
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. Almost all the water in Green eventually makes its way to the Ohio River.
(Courtesy of Ohio Environmental Council)