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Statement on Summit County Stormwater Management

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Since last weekend, residents of Summit County experienced anywhere from one to two inches of rain that fell on top of ten inches or more of hard packed snow and ice.  This precipitation was accompanied by unseasonably warm temperatures, resulting in county wide flooding.  From Springfield Township’s Killian Road area to Barberton’s Hudson Run at 31st Street, Riverview Road in Boston Township to Bolanz Bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga Falls and Olde Eight at Kitner Road in Northfield Center Township, the entire county was impacted by storm water runoff. 

In an effort to combat these recurring storm water problems, the Summit County Engineer’s office, at the direction of the County Executive and the County Council, has undertaken the task of developing a countywide storm water management program.  We are currently circulating an Advisory Draft of the program to all Summit County communities to gather input for the final proposal to be presented to Council in the next several months.

To achieve this goal Summit County has hired a team from the University of Akron and Lorain County Community College to collect and sort information from the various cities, villages and townships.  This information will provide the first comprehensive analysis of how storm water runoff is managed across the county.  The UA/LCCC team will conduct interviews with the 31 government entities in the county to solicit their suggestions and recommendations for the development of a countywide program.

The UA/LCCC team will identify the areas and levels of cooperation and coordination to be developed into a countywide program.  Following the completion of the UA/LCCC study, a presentation will be made to the Summit County Council and to the County Executive with recommendation on how to proceed with any further program development.

Successfully improving the safety of our County’s surface water resources will require the cooperation and coordination of all Summit County communities.

It is not the goal or aspiration of the Summit County Engineer’s office to become the single point source for all of the management of the Summit County storm water, but to seek areas where we can supplement and extend the accomplishments of other local governmental agencies in relieving the problems associated with surface water management.

Weather events like the one that hit Northeast Ohio in the final days of February serve as a clear reminder of how important it is to maintain and improve the safety of our area’s surface water resources.  We must accept the challenge of controlling storm water run-off to reduce future flooding and improve the quality of the water we discharge into our lakes and streams.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 March 2011 11:18