Stormwater in Urbanized Areas
Stormwater discharges from storm sewers and ditches in urbanized areas are a concern because of the high concentration of pollutants found in these discharges. Concentrated development in urbanized areas substantially increases impervious surfaces, such as city streets, driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks, on which pollutants from concentrated human activities settle and remain until a storm event washes them into nearby storm drains. Common pollutants include pesticides, fertilizers, oils, salt, litter and other debris, and sediment. Another concern is the possible illicit connections of sanitary sewers, which can result in fecal coliform bacteria entering the storm sewer system. Storm water runoff picks up and transports these and other harmful pollutants then discharges them, untreated, to waterways via storm sewer systems. When left uncontrolled, these discharges can result in fish kills, the destruction of spawning and wildlife habitats, a loss in aesthetic value, and contamination of drinking water supplies and recreational waterways that can threaten public health.
The City of Macedonia is dedicated in working with these issues that are part of our Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. The City is working with many organizations to help accomplish these activities, including the Summit County Engineer’s Office, the Summit County Soil and Water Conservation District, the City Engineer, the Tinkers Creek watershed Partners and others who have been willing to assist us in meeting the goals of our program.
|Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners||www.tinkerscreekwatershed.org|
|Center for Watershed Protection||www.cwp.org|
|Summit Soil and Water District||www.stormh2o.com|
|Summit County Engineer||http://engineer.com.summit.oh.us|
Tinkers Creek Watershed
The City of Macedonia is a member of the Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP). A portion of the community is within the Tinkers Creek Watershed and this non profit organization is helping us meet our Phase II Stormwater Requirements. They are also helping to educate the local officials, businesses and residents on the Tinkers Creek Watershed, nonpoint source pollution, stormwater management, and other aspects of protecting our natural resources.
Over the next several years, the TCWP will be having events throughout the watershed including an annual watershed festival, stream cleanups, nature walks and other activities that individuals can participate in. We encourage our residents to volunteer and become active with this organization.
For more information on the organization, please contact their website at www.tinkerscreekwatershed.org