Storm Water


Public Education and Outreach

Articles & Events:

Cleaner Water by the Boatload from Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District

Green Yards and Healthy Homes Booklet from Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District

Be WELL Educated from Geauga Soil and Water District

Manure Happens! Helping Horse Owners Manage Manure from Geauga Soil and Water District

Living in Harmony with Your Yard: More Life with Less Lawn from Chagrin River Watershed Partners

Sensible Salting for a Healthy Chagrin from Chagrin River Watershed Partners


There's No Match for a Native Plant Patch from Geauga Soil and Water District


Storm Water Management


Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

Geauga Soil & Water Conservation District – Storm Water


Russell Township's storm water management program is the direct result of the U.S.

Clean Water Act of 1972. At that time our nation's waterways were in trouble – we all

remember that Lake Erie was "dying," and that the Cuyahoga River was burning.

Congress responded by passing new water pollution control laws. In the late 1990's

Congress responded to the growing awareness that we still had significant water quality

problems, in spite of clean-up requirements. Many of these problems stem from the fact

that runoff of rainwater causes serious pollution problems. These include erosion from

construction sites, runoff from parking lots and streets, pesticide runoff from agricultural

or residential use, and runoff from piles of materials like salt and cinders. Increased

development also means more water runs into streams, instead of being absorbed in the

ground, causing stream bank erosion and loss of wildlife habitat. All of these resulted in

the E.P.A. enacting Phase II regulations of the Clean Water Act.


Beginning March 10, 2003, the U.S. E.P.A. and Ohio E.P.A. N.P.D.E.S. Phase II Storm

Water Regulations required designated communities, of which Russell Township is one,

to develop and implement a storm water management plan. Russell Township has

completed its first five-year permit and is now a co-permittee with Geauga County for the

next five years. The Phase II program is composed of six minimum control measures that

the Township must continuously address to comply with the requirements. These are:

1. Public Education

2. Public Involvement

3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

4. Construction Site Runoff Control

5. Post Construction Site Runoff Control

6. Good Housekeeping