Stormwater Management Policies for Two Urbanizing Communities in Western Suburban Cleveland

by Amy Beth Whitehead, Engineering-Science, Cleveland, United States,
Joseph G. Turner, III, Engineering-Science, Cleveland, United States,
Philip H. De Groot, Engineering-Science, Cleveland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


The cities of North Ridgeville and Avon Lake, Ohio are two western suburbs of Cleveland. The recent completion of the interstate highway, I-480, the resurgence of Lake Erie as a prime recreational area, and the economic rebirth of Cleveland, are causing these two cities to be rapidly transformed from rural, agricultural communities to urbanized areas. The flat topography, limited drainage ditches, and historic legal framework have influenced the attempts to successfully manage storm water runoff. The increased urbanization has caused flooding, erosion, sedimentaiton, and ill will between upstream and downstream communities. The approaches of North Ridgeville and Avon Lake to manage storm water runoff are compared and contrasted.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Suburbs | Highways and roads | Rivers and streams | Urban development | Water-based recreation | Economic factors | Runoff | Ohio | United States | Lake Erie | Great Lakes

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