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The Village of Chagrin Falls Stabilizes Eroding Bank of the Chagrin River

With $88,800 in funding from an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency 319 grant, and $59,200 provided as match by Village of Chagrin Falls 250 feet of severely eroding streambank were stabilized along the Chagrin River in fall 2017.  Four bendway weirs, rock structures that extend into the stream to direct flows away from banks; and toe stone protection were installed to reduce extreme streambank erosion. This project also involved regrading the streambanks to a gentler, more stable slope, and excavating the adjacent riparian area to increase floodplain water storage. Native vegetation was planted along the streambank and in the floodplain in spring 2019.

Sediment is a major cause of impairment in the Chagrin River.  Excessive sediment degrades habitat for fish and aquatic insects, decreases water clarity, and acts as a mode of transport for phosphorous and other pollutants to Lake Erie.  Stabilizing this section of eroding streambank is expected to reduce the amount of sediment entering the Chagrin River by 65 tons each year. This project restores floodplain access, reduces sediment pollution, and improves water quality both at the project area and further downstream.

The Village contracted with Davey Resource Group and Mark’s Construction, a design-build team of environmental scientists, engineers, and contractors, to complete this restoration work.  Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. (CRWP), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to the communities and park districts that drain to the Chagrin River, is also assisting Chagrin Falls Village with this project.

This project was financed in part through a grant from the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

For More Information, contact

Rob Jamieson, Village of Chagrin Falls
Mayor Bill Tomko, Village of Chagrin Falls
Kristen Hebebrand, Project Manager (440)-975-3870

Arbor Day Ceremony April 27, 2019

ARBOR DAY CEREMONY – 2019

 The Village of Chagrin Falls would like to invite the community to the annual Arbor Day Ceremony on SATURDAY, APRIL 27th at 10:00 a.m. in Riverside Park on North Main Street.  Arbor Day is an international event held to commemorate the importance of trees in our communities.

This event will feature 100 red buckeye saplings to be given out during your Arbor Day festivities from CEI Forestry Services. An informative program will be given by Chagrin Falls Street Department and Shade Tree Commission on proper Tree Planting, Mulching and Girdling Roots.  The session will cover preparing the planting site, selecting the proper tree and shrubs for the proper planting area, and caring for your new plantings. We will go over mulching technics and girdled roots, what to do and not to do. Come rain or shine we will have a tent setup. All residents and interested persons are welcome to attend.

 

See you there!

 

Please Check Your Hemlock Trees For Woolly Adelgid Infestation

Holden Arboretum has reported Hemlock Woolly Adelgids are now in our area. This is an invasive pest that is killing hemlock trees. It is important for everyone to check their hemlocks as many in our area are on private property.

The hemlock woolly adelgid is tiny, less than 1/16 inch long, and varies from dark reddish brown to purple black in color.  As it matures, it produces a covering of wool-like wax filaments to protect itself and its eggs from natural enemies and prevent them from drying out.  This “wool” is most conspicuous when the adelgid is mature and laying eggs.  Ovisacs can be readily observed from late fall to early summer on the underside of the outermost branch tips of hemlock trees.

The brochure from the US Department of Agriculture can be downloaded below.  It describes what to look for on your hemlocks. If you find you have an infestation, report it to:

Report Online: Invasive Species Report Form

Report By Phone:  ODNR 877-247-8733  or  ODA 614-728-6400

Download: Brochure on Woolly Adelgid In Eastern Hemlocks