Aurora Rain Garden
Bedford Heights Rain Garden
The City of Bedford Heights received $2,000 from the Member Community Stormwater Best Management Practices 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 that include 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 was awarded $1,965 from the Member Community Stormwater Best Management Practices Grant to install a rain garden at the Community Park to help drain stormwater from half of the park’s pavilion rooftop. Community volunteers including the Oakwood 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.