The Urban Stormwater effect

When it rains, it pours and we have all been affected by the pouring effect of stormwater.  The following diagram illustrates the stormwater cycle in a natural environment:

 Now compare that to the diagram of an urban stormwater cycle:

For the remainder of this post, let's focus on the percentage difference of runoff in each diagram. Whether we realize it or not, we have modified the nature's cycle.  There are many factors adding to the "pouring" effect of rainfall trends.  Factors such as impervious surfaces (driveways, parking lots), developing within floodplains or along side a stream channel, removing streamside vegetation, stream channelization (the straightening of a stream), or enclosing a stream within a pipe all have negative impacts on landowners and water quality.  However, this does not have to be a dooms day sentence for property owners or community officials! There are many things YOU and your communities can do to lessen the impact of stormwater:
  • If you live in zoned community, encourage the use and implementation of riparian setbacks;
  • Encourage developers to incorporate green infrastructure stormwater measures in their  projects;
  • Establish a rain garden on residential property;
  • If you live adjacent to a stream establish a no mow area.
  • Keep your streets free of excess nutrients (grass clippings, leaves, fertilizers) by sweeping up after your yard work.  (check out Franklin Soil and Water's "Get Grassy" program for more yard tips).
 Explore AWARE's blogsite and our members materials, under "Partnering Agency Projects" or "Publications", form more information about how you can personally lighten the load.

Remember, everything rainfall touches is carried into a nearby stream.  Oil, sediment, trash, fertilizer, animal waste are all pushed directly into a near by stream or into the stormdrain system that transports stormwater INTO a nearby stream!

2017 Water Quality Celebration!

Let's talk....

 about the region's water quality! 

The Mahoning County Farm Bureau is hosting a Water Quality Celebration at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on June 22, 2017 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  Mark your calendars and join the farm bureau, local ag. experts, and members of AWARE for an interactive evening that is sure to have you reaching YOUR watershed moment. 

Many activities will take place through out the evening: composting seminar*, make your own rain barrel demonstrations, drone demonstrations, raffle drawings, and more!  Make time to stop by member displays to discuss water quality, gain knowledge, or receive answers to your water quality questions! 

When it comes to improving or protecting our region's water quality, we are all in this together!  

*The composting seminar requires preregistration through the Mahoning County Green Team.   You can access the registration form on the Mahoning County Green Team's home page here.The form will look like this when it is downloaded: