This page is intended to provide information about the South Russell Phase II Stormwater Management Program. Additional information in the form of publications and literature made available to South Russell Village is also provided.

Groundwater Awareness Week - 2017

March 5-11, 2017 Groundwater Awareness


Pond Clinic -Flyer pic for web


Click on the following links if you would like to read more on these topics:

Spring is here… and so are these tips to keep our water cleaner while doing warm weather chores!

Educators Experience the “Wonders of Watersheds”

Household Habits for Healthy Waters – 2015 Geauga Senior Center Programs

There’s No Match for a Native Plant Patch

Cawres and Associates, Inc: Innovative Stormwater Management Project

View the Stormwater Management Project Video (make sure your sound is turned on and up) of the installation of stormwater management best management practices – such as pervious pavement, vegetated swale, and rain garden for a small office building in Northeast Ohio.

Do you know what a “Watershed” is?

View the What is a Watershed? Video (make sure your sound is turned on and up) and see if your answer is the same as others.


The Geauga SWCD invites all residents to be a Conservation Crusader! Being a conservation crusader means promoting the wise use of our natural resources so they will be available for future generations.

A natural resource is defined as a material source, such as forests, soil, water, or a mineral deposit, that occurs in a natural state and has economic value. The District strives to conserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of Geauga County by providing leadership, education, and assistance to all.

The Conservation Crusader campaign is a collaboration of the Western Reserve Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, WKYC TV/Cleveland and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Northeast Ohio to encourage residents to practice healthy household and backyard habits which improve water quality and reduce storm water pollution. Environmental stories and information are shared through twice a month segments on the Live on Lakeside television program, monthly videos featuring weather personalities, and a rotating banner ad on the Cleveland Yahoo weather webpage.

Click on a topic of interest below to explore the latests Conservation Crusader happenings in Northeast Ohio:





Where does our water go? All the water we use inside our homes goes directly to the septic system or to a sanitary sewer system and then to a wastewater treatment plant where it is cleaned and released back into our creeks, streams and lakes cleaner than when it started.

What about all the water outside of our homes such as the rainwater that falls on our roofs, lawns, driveways, roads, streets, roadside ditches and parking lots? Where does this water go? It is not always easy to tell where this “STORMWATER” goes after it gets to the gutter, storm drain, street or ditch. The stormwater flows from these places to our creeks, streams, and lakes, BUT IS NOT CLEANED before it gets there.

The rainwater from our roofs, gutters, lawns, driveways, parking lots, roads, and roadside ditches picks up trash and pollution. This pollution includes oil and antifreeze that drips from our cars, excess fertilizer and pesticides from our lawns, litter, grass clippings, leaves, and pet waste. Once pollution is picked up by the rainwater it moves through gutters, storm sewers and ditches to our creeks, streams, and lakes where it can cause health and safety problems for us and the living things in them.

Because we live on or near Lake Erie, and most of Northeast Ohio’s rainwater flows from creeks and streams to the Lake, we not only affect the health our creeks, but the health of our Lake, its beaches, and our drinking water supply.

Rainwater from roofs, lawns, driveways, streets, roadside ditches and parking lots in South Russell drain to small creeks that flow into the Chagrin River and then to Lake Erie. This rainwater has a direct impact on some of our greatest assets in these areas. There are many ways we can help keep our water clean, save money, and prevent problems. It is important that we work together to keep our creeks and streams healthy.

South Russell is working to make sure that creeks and streams running through our community are clean and free of pollutants to help keep them, the Chagrin River, the Chagrin River watershed, and Lake Erie watershed, a healthy place for our use and enjoyment.

So, we not only affect the health our creeks, but the health of our Lake, its beaches, and our drinking water.

Additional links for selected topics with additional and useful information:

“What can you do to protect your watershed?”

After the Storm – What can you do?