Cuyahoga River Watershed
The Cuyahoga River watershed drains over 810 square miles of Northeastern Ohio. Thirty-seven named tributaries and many unnamed streams, totaling over 1,100 stream miles, enter the Cuyahoga throughout its course. Within CVNP’s portion of the watershed (about 6.5 percent of the total watershed), perennial (permanent) and ephemeral (temporary) streams total over 190 miles in length. Some of the larger tributaries (e.g., Tinkers Creek and Furnace Run) drain areas larger than 50 square miles, while most others range between 2 and 20 square miles.
Land use maps show a landscape as diverse as individual tributaries. Forested areas cover much of the watershed, about 56 percent. Agricultural lands and urban open space account for 22 percent, while wetlands, rivers, and streams are found on 16 percent. Urban areas cover 6 percent of the watershed.
The park's tributary watersheds are affected by the land-use decisions of forty-six communities. See a list of those communities or view them on a map.
For examples of riparian setback ordinances and additional information, read the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s Regional Model Ordinance at www.noaca.org/ and the Summit County, Ohio ordinance (#2002-154) at www.co.summit.oh.us.
For information on the importance of headwater stream protection visit the Ohio EPA at www.epa.state.oh.us/dsw/wqs/headwaters/.
For examples of and information about wetland setback ordinances, see the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s Regional Model Ordinance at www.noaca.org/.
To learn more about conservation easements, visit the Cuyahoga County Soil & Water Conservation District at www.cuyahogaswcd.org/services-easements.htm or the Western Reserve Land Conservancy at www.wrlc.cc/.
For information on conservation development principles, zoning, and model codes, visit The Countryside Program at urban.csuohio.edu/planningcenter.
For more information on low-impact development and on-site storm water management, visit the U.S. EPA at www.epa.gov/owow/nps/lid/.
For a list of local wetland mitigation opportunities, visit the Clearinghouse at www.epa.state.oh.us/dsw.
For information about local areas targeted for compact development, visit The Countryside Program at urban.csuohio.edu/planningcenter.