Valley Picnic Area Park Lot CLosed - Plateau Trail Loop Affected
Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.
Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. More »
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.
Did You Know?
Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.