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Three low-head dams were removed from a 0.9-mile stretch of Baldwin Creek in Berea. The work performed in November is intended to (PDF) remove barriers to fish passage and improve habitats. The Ohio EPA has supplied funding for the removal of a fourth dam on Baldwin Creek.

The Ohio Department of Development awarded $25.6 million in the second round of the Ohio New Markets Tax Credits, including $2 million to the Cleveland New Markets Investment Fund II. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded $300,033 in Coastal Management Assistance Grants, including $13,545 for Rocky River sub-watershed protection and restoration plans and $21,000 for the Tinkers Creek Watershed Community Engagement Project.

A local coalition plans to remove three low-head dams along Baldwin Creek in Berea to improve its habitat (PDF). The partners hope to complete the work by the end of the year, and will hold a public meeting on February 1 at the Berea Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Thirteen water quality improvement projects (PDF) in Cuyahoga County will receive a total of $2.3 million in grants (PDF) from Ohio's Surface Water Improvement Fund and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Cleveland Metroparks purchased a 62-acre property along the east branch of the Rocky River in North Royalton. The site, which contains quality wetlands and a primary headwater stream, will be added to the Mill Stream Run Reservation.

Seven of the nine Medina County cities and townships in the Rocky River Upper West Branch watershed have adopted a balanced growth plan.

Brook Park officials say that they are cooperating to develop a plan for easing flooding concerns.

The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District is giving free trees to residents along streams in the Rocky River watershed. The Rocky River Backyard Buffers Program, which was funded by an Ohio Lake Erie Commission grant, is intended to restore riparian buffers on private property.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted approval to the City of North Royalton to build a retention basin in the Chesapeake Drive area. The basin was the main project identified by the Citizens Flooding Oversight Committee.

North Royalton City Council is considering a measure that would require wetlands or riparian areas lost to development to be remediated within the City. If suitable sites are unavailable, mitigation could be done outside of the City.

Several Edgerton Road residents in North Royalton want the City to buy their homes because of potential flash flooding dangers identified in a recent report (PDF).

Royalton Place, a 132,000 square foot retail center with an additional 38,000 square feet of outlots, has been proposed for the northeast corner of Royalton and York Roads in North Royalton. The 32 acre site includes 7.32 acres of wetlands, and the Ohio EPA will accept public comments on the development until September 5.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded grants to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy for the acquisition of conservation easements for 132 acres of riparian buffers along the East Branch of the Rocky River in Summit and Medina Counties, and to Grand River Partners for the restoration and protection of 300 acres of riparian buffers and wetlands in the lower Grand River watershed in Lake County.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission awarded a $10,000 grant to Cleveland State University to study the nutrient structure of the Cuyahoga River, and a $9,999 grant to the Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District to establish riparian buffers on residential properties in the Rocky River watershed.

Cuyahoga County cities impacted by last summer's flooding have adopted a variety of policies and funding mechanisms to deal with the problem, but many of the efforts are too late to protect against possible flooding this spring.

Officials from Lakewood and Rocky River are discussing alternatives for improving water quality by reducing combined sewer overflows. Prices for the options range between $1.3 million and $3.1 million.

Visconsi Companies plans to build The Plaza at SouthPark, a 300,000 square foot retail center on 53 acres at I-71 and Royalton Road in Strongsville, across the street from SouthPark mall. The Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting about its potential impacts on water quality on January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Strongsville Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.


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