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Bath Nature Preserve and Field Station -- A partnership between the University of Akron and Bath Township. The site includes near real-time water quality monitoring data from 4 Bath / Yellow Creek sites.
Summit County Metro Parks -- Maps, programs and information.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park -- Our beautiful "local" national park
A watershed is an area that drains surface water to a creek, river or lake. "(W)atersheds collect water from rainfall and snowmelt, storing some of this precipitation in wetlands, soils, trees, and other vegetation, and underground in aquifers. The floodplain along the banks of a river also serves as an important storage site for water during periods of heavy runoff. These natural storage sites help eliminate contaminants as suspended particles settle out and as water infiltrates into the soil where biological and chemical reactions can break down impurities. Some of this stored water eventually flows into streams, rivers, and lakes as runoff.
Ecologically, watersheds provide critical habitat for many plant and animal species, as well as transport paths for sediment, nutrients, minerals, and a variety of chemicals. Watersheds also provide water to human communities for drinking, cleaning, recreation, navigation, hydroelectric power, and manufacturing."
From OSU Fact Sheet, “Community Based Watershed Management” ohioline.osu.edu/ws-fact/0001.html
Summit Soil and Water Conservation District -- Storm water management, rain gardens, and riparian set backs. Be sure to look at the Publications page for well done brochures on Rain Gardens, Storm Water Pollution Solutions, Living at the Water's Edge, and others. Links to regulations.
U S Geological Survey
Ohio EPA Information, legislation, rules and draft rules dealing with air & water pollution, surface & ground water, waste management, and lots more.
Center for Watershed Protection -- Information and tools.
Understanding the Clean Water Act -- An online course
Summit County Water Resources -- Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet
Summit County Ground-Water Resources -- Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet
Cuyahoga River RAP Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization & Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan. A comprehensive resource.
Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc Lots of publications and information. Check out the the excellent section on Low Impact Development.
Friends of Big Creek Includes a very helpful Resources page.
Ohio Watershed Network Includes much more complete list of watershed groups in Ohio.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy Land protection and conservation