Projects Beginning 2015

Bedford Heights Property Acquisition
A Clean Ohio Fund grant was awarded to the City of Bedford Heights to purchase this 17-acre parcel. The parcel is forested with 850 linear feet of stream tributary to Tinker’s Creek. The parcel connects to an existing park in the city and could potentially provide additional walking trails. TCWP provided support for the grant application, in particular riparian planting. TCWP, along with Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC), coordinated a planting event where 500 potted trees and shrubs as well as 400 live stake plants were installed. Over 20 volunteers assisted in the planting event, including volunteers from the City of Bedford Heights, Cleveland Metroparks, and WRLC.

Warrensville Heights Country Lane Project
This project is a land acquisition project off of Emery Road in Warrensville Heights. The property has 3 acres of emergent and forested wetlands with numerous vernal pools scattered throughout. In addition, the parcels contain 240 linear feet of Hawthorne Creek and 215 linear feet of intermittent headwater stream channel for a total of 455 linear feet of waterways. The remaining acreage contains second growth beech-maple forest and mature red oak-hickory forest. Permanent preservation of these properties and the associated streams and uplands improved downstream waters by capturing sediment, treating runoff, and protecting important habitat for aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Protection of these parcels ensured that the ecological functions provided by the habitats will stay intact and continue to provide beneficial physical, biological, and chemical functions for this watershed. TCWP submitted a Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Fund application for the purchase of this parcel.

Projects Beginning 2014

City of Macedonia Surface Water Infrastructure Fund (SWIF)
TCWP helped the City of Macedonia with conceptual designs, budget, and narrative for a 2014 Surface SWIF grant proposal. The city was awarded over $28,000 from SWIF to implement a demonstration project displaying multiple
stormwater practices. The city provided a match in the form of labor and materials. The stormwater practices included pervious concrete sidewalk, pervious asphalt parking lot, and a large rain garden and turfed swales. These
practices capture and treat stormwater from nearby impervious surfaces, allowing water runoff to infiltrate into the ground. The use of multiple stormwater practices serves as an example for the residents, businesses and other communities on methods to reduce the harmful impacts of stormwater runoff.
The project is located in a highly visible location near City Hall at the intersection of Route 82 and Park Avenue. The site is owned by the city and drains into Indian Creek which is a tributary stream to Brandywine Creek. The location of the project also serves as a park for the community with benches and gardens for residents and visitors to enjoy. TCWP assisted by providing information for educational signage and promotion of the project throughout the watershed. The project preparations started winter of 2014 and began spring 2015.

Glenwillow Tinker’s Creek Preserve
The Village of Glenwillow was awarded a Clean Ohio Conservation Fund grant to acquire and protect a 17-acre parcel in the Village of Glenwillow. The Tinker’s Creek Preservation Project protects the south-bank, riparian area, and floodplain along Tinker’s Creek. The Project also provides valuable habitat for native species while providing a great outlet for access to the outdoors within the community. The parcel sits adjacent to the existing Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation and secures another integral piece of greenspace corridor in urban Cuyahoga County. The property also has a small tributary stream that receives runoff from a nearby trailer park development. A structure on site was torn down in late 2014 to help create a more natural green space. TCWP provided soil and watershed information for submission and a letter of support for the project and worked with the Village and WRLC to investigate restoration possibilities.

Maple Heights Land Acquistion
The City of Maple Heights was awarded a Clean Ohio Conservation Fund grant to acquire the Wood Creek Preserve project located in the City of Maple Heights. The acquisition of the 24.21-acre parcel protects valuable woodland and stream habitat while adding to the network of greenspace in the county. The project protects old field habitat, upland forests, steep ravines and natural riparian areas around streams. The property contains approximately 2,358 linear feet of streams, including a short section of the tributary stream, Wood Creek (also known as Hemlock Creek), and several of its tributaries. This parcel is within the sub-watershed of Wood Creek which has the highest impervious surfaces of any other sub-watershed of Tinker’s Creek watershed.

St. Mary’s Stream Restoration
The City of Solon was awarded $148,556 from a Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Project Grant to implement restoration of a stream on the property of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. This section of stream on the property was impacted by severe streambank erosion that increased sedimentation to Hawthorne Creek, over-widened the channel, and also threatened a utility pole and wastewater infrastructure. The aptly named St. Mary’s Stream Restoration restored 430 linear feet of stream through natural streambank stabilization and 0.25 acre of riparian corridor and vegetated floodplain on Hawthorne Creek, a tributary of Tinker’s Creek.
In 2015, toe rock material and erosion control matting were installed along with trees and shrubs to stabilize the stream and restore access to the floodplain.  This helped reduce flooding and erosion downstream.   Chagrin River Watershed Partners assisted the city with project reporting, plan review, construction oversight, and project outreach. TCWP provided some watershed related information and outreach by providing updates about the project via their social media outlets, e-newsletter and when applicable at meetings and events.

City of Bedford Columbus Road Land Acquisition
This project was an example of dedicated property owners, the Gries, and multiple agencies including City of Bedford, Cuyahoga Land Bank, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP), and West Creek Conservancy (WCC) working towards a common goal of greenspace protection for a healthy community and watershed.  In 2014, the Gries property consisted of 3.65 acres of land with Bear Creek, a tributary stream to Tinker’s Creek, bordering the property.  The inherited property had four buildings on site, which were not up to code.  Two of the buildings were also built within the floodplain of the stream, constricting the natural habitat and flow of the stream.
Deborah (Gries) Zawislan contacted TCWP about the property she and her brothers Joe, Ed, and Dennis had inherited.  They had the vision of transforming the property into a protected greenspace and naming it Lorry’s Woods in honor of their mother.  TCWP worked with WCC and the Land Bank to acquire the parcels.  With the cooperation of the City of Bedford, the Cuyahoga Land Bank helped to bring the property back to its natural state by demolishing the structures at their cost in 2015.  This helped the community and watershed by providing an area for the stream to flood its bank, reduce flooding, and create habitat.

Projects Beginning 2013

Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) Mini-Grant
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners was awarded an OEEF grant of $4,000 to implement an education watershed signage campaign. These signs identify the location of Tinker’s Creek and the boundaries of the watershed. The goal of the signage campaign was to raise awareness and to create a sense of location of the watershed. The first stage of the project was completed in 2013 and included an online interactive map and a fact sheet with the location of the signage. During the first stage of this project, 61 signs were placed throughout the watershed in the communities of Beachwood, Bedford, Glenwillow, Macedonia, Oakwood, Walton Hills, Twinsburg, and Streetsboro. TCWP will continue to work with additional communities to install more signage throughout the watershed.

Streetsboro Rain Garden Replanting
The plants within the rain garden at City Park in Streetsboro did not survive, rendering the rain garden unable to function as intended.  In 2013, TCWP provided funding to the city of Streetsboro for plants and materials, and the city provided additional materials and labor to help correct the problems with the rain garden. The Streetsboro rain garden was improved by adding 41 native plants, 2 tons of sand, 6 yards of mulch, 3 tons of gravel, 6.8 tons of river rock, and 24 yards of moss. These additions helped ensure that the rain garden will drain correctly and help filter pollutants coming from a nearby parking lot.

Village of Glenwillow Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) Project
In August 2013, with the assistance of a $53,358 grant from the Ohio EPA Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF), the Village of Glenwillow installed a new parking area constructed of 2,800-square-feet of porous concrete. The new parking area was designed to capture stormwater runoff from 7,600-square-feet of existing impervious surfaces before it enters the storm sewer and empties into Tinker’s Creek. The project also included a specially designed turf swale that will treat runoff from the parking lot during significant rain events and will serve to remove pollutants from snow melt. The project is located adjacent to the service department building and was designed by Chagrin Valley Engineering, Inc., the Village’s consulting engineer.
This project serves to demonstrate to the public that innovative stormwater retrofits can be effectively incorporated into existing parking areas to reduce stormwater runoff entering Tinker’s Creek and to help minimize local flooding as well as to improve water quality. This project was completed the summer of 2013 and TCWP helped to provide outreach about the project.

Cleveland Metroparks Walton Hills Land Acquistion
Cleveland Metroparks was awarded a Clean Ohio Conservation Grant in 2013 to acquire 15.9 acres of land next to the Astrohurst Golf Course and the Cleveland Metorparks Bedford Reservation. The property included the abandoned Astrohurst Party Center and 2,500 linear feet of Tinker’s Creek along the northern end of the property. The goal of the acquisition was to expand the Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation and the protected areas of Tinker’s Creek by providing permanent protection and restoring floodplain areas.
In 2013, TCWP also submitted a Project Clean Lake proposal to help fund reforestation of the property. Unfortunately, the property was not acquired in time to be considered for funding. Demolition of existing buildings and grading of the land began in 2013.
Work on reconnecting the stream to the floodplain and planting was completed in 2014. Over 37 volunteers came out on November 9 to help stabilize the overflow channel with trees, shrubs, perennials, and bioengineering materials. The volunteers and Cleveland Metroparks staff planted 27 containerized trees, about 600 two-foot stake trees (willow and sycamore varieties), 20 six-foot sycamore posts, 15 small trees, about 300 tall grass plugs (sedge), and about 400 native perennial plugs including blazing star, monkey flower, ironweed and swamp milkweed. These plantings were designed to help stabilize the banks of the channel to help slow flow and provide habitat.

Projects Beginning 2012

Biohabitats for the Hudson High School Stream Restoration Project
The Member Community Stormwater BMP Grant provided $3,000 to Biohabitats, the primary contractor for the design and construction of the restoration project, to purchase plants for the Hudson High School Stream Restoration Project and Land Lab.  This grant allowed the purchase of larger plants to establish the restoration project more quickly with increased plant survival rates.  Funding from the grant provided 125 three to five foot shrubs, 25 three-gallon trees, and 250 live stakes to be planted by Hudson High School students and other volunteers.  The use of larger plants in the restoration project will help reduce erosion and aid in establishing wetland and riparian areas.

Glenwillow Village
Glenwillow Village was awarded a Member Community Stormwater BMP Grant to purchase 13 red maple and honey locust trees with 2.5-inch trunks.  Native, deciduous hardwood tree species were selected based on availability and cost and then planted at the site.  The grant also funded a bonded and insured landscape contractor that guaranteed the planted trees’ survival for one year to ensure success of the project. Trees play an important role in reducing the amount of polluted stormwater from entering our streams by slowing water down and helping water to be absorbed into the ground.

Projects Beginning 2011

Aurora Rain Garden
Funded by the Member Community Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Grant, the city of Aurora was awarded $2,000 to install a rain garden next to the Walker Building, home of the Parks and Recreation Department.  This project broke ground and was completed in spring 2012.  The rain garden houses almost 100 native perennial plants and serves as a demonstration project to the community on practices that residents can do to reduce the amount of stormwater that leaves their property.

Bedford Heights Rain Garden
The city of Bedford Heights received $2,000 from the Member Community Stormwater BMP Grant to install a rain garden in Reed Park.  The placement of this rain garden will drain stormwater from a nearby parking lot and walking path.  This 400-square-foot rain garden was built by community volunteers in conjunction with the Bedford Heights Service Department using 10 cubic yards of soil, 3 cubic yards of mulch, 109 native perennial plants, and 3 native shrubs.  This garden houses plants like Dallas blue switchgrass, spotted joe pye weed, black-eyed Susan, blue flag iris, autumn joy sedum, fox sedge, and serviceberry.  In 2012, the city held a rain garden workshop to further educate residents about the benefits of rain gardens for the community.

Oakwood Village
Oakwood Village was awarded $1,965 from the Member Community Stormwater BMP Grant to install a rain garden at the Community Park to help drain stormwater from half of the park’s pavilion rooftop.  Community volunteers like children from the Oakwood’s Youth Council, two council members, and the Village Department Staff came together to construct the garden.  This 240-square-foot rain garden contains 104 native perennial plants and can soak up 22,000 gallons of stormwater each year.  Oakwood Village also held a rain garden workshop in 2012.

Laurel Creek Restoration Project in Twinsburg
An American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant valued at $729,990 was awarded to restore 2,500 feet of stream by removing a low head dam to allow flood management, recreation, and fish passage. The two-phase project was completed as of December 31, 2011 with an additional live stake planting completed in March 2012. The first monitoring report was submitted to U.S. Army Corps of Engineer February 2012.
In 2012, drought and other unfavorable conditions were found to produce low survival rates in trees.  Almost 90% of the trees planted in 2011 did not survive, so other funding had to be secured to purchase and plant more trees at this site.  In 2013, 0.3 acre was replanted with 40 trees and shrubs provided by the Cuyahoga River Community Planting Organization and funding by TCWP to ensure the restoration project would function as intended.

Bear Creek Restoration Project in Warrensville Heights
Using $1.1 million from the ARRA and the Ohio Water Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program (WRRSP), this project entailed restoring 2,000 linear feet of stream and creating an outdoor education lab for Warrensville City Schools.  Engineering oversight was provided by NEORSD.  Construction for this project was completed in December 2011, plantings were completed in April 2012, and monitoring began in February 2012.

Hudson High School Stream Restoration and Land Lab
Funded by U.S. EPA 319 grant of $682,758 ($329,208 Federal dollars, $250,000 match from the city of Hudson, $88,700 match from Hudson High School, and $13,000 match from Cuyahoga County Board of Health), this project restored 1,720 linear feet of stream with adjoining meadow, shrub, forested areas, and wetlands areas as well as created a 6.28-acre conservation easement on the project site. Construction commenced in June 2012 and lasted 14 weeks. The project was completed in October 2012 with landscaping and planting.