Filter not Funnel!
     Ideally, if every household and business within a watershed would retain most or all of their rainwater on their property, allowing it to slowly absorb into the ground following a more natural course, less damage would occur – less volume, less velocity. However, our suburban culture demands the opposite. Expansive bare-foot lawns, paved drives and patios, along with gutter and drainage systems designed to move water away from our property as quickly as possible create severe storm water runoff. This run off can also carry hazardous substances into our streams.
     By following good watershed practices, your can also be part of the solution to stormwater pollution and to storm water damage. Homeowners, business owners and community planners can all make a positive impact on watershed health.
To be part of the solution to storm water damage, follow these simple strategies:
  • Use permeable paving materials or vegetated planting beds along the water’s route to interrupt surface flow and allow water to infiltrate.

  • Reduce areas of dense turf grass and replace with more natural grasses and ground cover that allow soils to remain loose and permeable, or let grass grow higher to slow the water and absorb more.

  • Install a rain garden or bioswale to catch and hold runoff. Run downspouts into these instead of footer drains.

  • Allow large areas to revert to meadows, where plants can manage surface flow.

  • Expand forested areas by planting along edges. Plant trees in groupings with ground cover and allow natural vegetation to grow beneath. 

  • Follow the 4Rs of lawn fertilization - Right type of fertilizer, Right application, Right time to apply, Right placement.

  • Install a rain barrel or two for roof run-off and use for watering. A cistern will collect more and is perfect for small farms or large gardens. Consider a cistern in place of a well for all your household water.


Community Projects

that Have Helped

Yellow Creek Watershed

Rain Gardens
Pervious Pavement
Sterling Wetland

Did You


~ A small percentage of weeds in the lawn is a good thing. Weeds increase biodiversity and attract beneficial insects. Biodiversity leads to a reduced likelihood of pests and diseases.

~ Up to 6 million birds die each year as a result of exposure to lawn care chemicals. Be a friend of the birds and use less chemicals.

~ Researchers found that mulching leaves in the fall resulted in a greener lawn and up to 80% less dandelions the following spring.

Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, and Cisterns  

The best place to run your downspouts is into your yard. By collecting the water in one of these devices, rain water will be put to good use.

    Rain gardens hold rainwater allowing it to slowly be absorbed into the ground. They can be a lovely feature in your yard.

    Save the Yellow Creek 55 gallons at a time with a rain barrel or two. These are wonderful ways to water you garden and potted plants. Too much water to use up? Use the rain barrel water to wash garden tools, the dog and even your car.

     A cistern for your home can capture all the rain water on your property which can be used for all your household needs. This soft, clean water contains no minerals to stain your sinks or leave a bad taste in your mouth. Click here to read how one Bath family used this method and how well it works.

Cuyahoga ReLeaf 

     The Cuyahoga ReLeaf project aims to conserve and restore forest cover in the Cuyahoga Watershed.  The Friends of Yellow Creek believe that tree planting can help to solve an important problem in our own watershed, and provide a number of added benefits, too. 

     Trees are good for our streams and they enhance our lives. 

Learn More

Living on the Water's Edge

Riparian corridors and

environmental planning


After the Storm

Storm water runoff and polution



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