Stormwater in Munson Township
Where does our water go? The water you use inside your home goes directly to your septic system or a small, private treatment facility. It is released back into our creeks, streams and lakes after filtration that takes place in your septic system and the soil in your yard.
What about all the water outside of our homes such as the rainwater that falls on our roofs, lawns, driveways, roads, streets, roadside ditches and parking lots? Where does this water go? It is not always easy to tell where this stormwater goes after it gets to the gutter, street or ditch. The stormwater flows from these places to our creeks, streams, and lakes, BUT IS NOT CLEANED before it gets there.
The rainwater from our roofs, gutters, lawns, driveways, parking lots, roads, and roadside ditches picks up trash and pollution. This pollution includes oil and antifreeze that drips from our cars, excess fertilizer and pesticides from our lawns, litter, grass clippings, leaves, and pet waste. The rainwater eventually flows to our creeks, streams, and lakes where it can cause health and safety problems for us and the living things in them.
Because we live on or near Lake Erie, and most of Northeast Ohio's rainwater flows from creeks and streams to the Lake, we not only affect the health our creeks, but the health of our Lake, its beaches, and our drinking water supply. Rainwater in Munson Township drains to small creeks that flow into the Cuyahoga River or the
Chagrin River and then to Lake Erie. A majority of Munson Township, most of the area north and west of the intersection of Bass Lake Road and Mayfield Road drains to the Chagrin River watershed while everything south east of this intersection generally drains to the Cuyahoga River watershed. There are many ways we can help keep our water clean, save money, and prevent problems. Munson Township is working to help property owners make sure that creeks and streams running through our community are clean and free of pollutants to help keep our rivers and the Lake Erie watershed a healthy place for our use and enjoyment.
What is a Watershed? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PazndNOcXPQ
What can you do to protect your watershed? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PbHPUA5WfM
There are many ways you can help keep our water clean, save money, and prevent problems. It is important that we work together to keep our creeks and streams healthy.