HUB District Riparian Enhancement Project

The City of Warrensville Heights has been awarded a $34,000+ Clean Ohio grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission with matching funds of $11,000+ from the City. Funds will be used to enhance and permanently protect 5.6 acres of riparian habitat and wetlands along Bear Creek, a major tributary to Tinker’s Creek. Invasive species will be treated, and native species will be installed to add diversity, resilience, and stormwater function to this area.

The creek is impaired by sedimentation, organic enhancement, low in-stream dissolved oxygen, nutrient enrichment, toxicity, habitat alteration, as well as yet to be determined impairments. Habitat impairments reflect a historically dredged stream in various stages of recovery.

This funding will increase our progress towards restoring habitats and water quality in the watershed. This site is an important water quality resource in Warrensville Heights which will be protected from development and made accessible to the public. We are excited about the opportunity to put this project on the ground with great partners in the City, the Ohio Public Works Commission, and local agencies.