Educational Events & Activities
Storm Water Education
While Hudson has implemented an aggressive storm water management action plan, there is much citizens can do to help keep our waters clean. The City has developed new resources to inform and educate the public about how to help keep our water clean. Clean storm water starts at home.
"Lake Erie Starts Here" is this year's storm water theme. We will provide ways for residents to reduce the size of their lawns' grassed areas, using native plants and healthy landscaping practices to improve water quality.
How Can I Improve Storm Water at My Home?
Rain gardens are a beautiful addition to any lot and will provide curb appeal and other benefits. During a rainstorm, rain gardens help to reduce flooding problems by collecting and slowing down water, allowing the water to infiltrate slowly, over a 24- to 48-hour period. A rain garden collecting runoff from a 1,000-square foot roof area in Summit County can filter over 19,000 gallons of rainwater annually. Rain gardens also help to control erosion and sediment loss because native plants have extremely long roots, some up to 15 feet long, that hold the soil in place and filter out pollutants. Pick up afor free at the Public Works Department at 1769 Georgetown Road.
Plant Native Plants
Native plants require little or no fertilizer because they thrive in local soil conditions so you will not only save money on chemical applications, but you will improve storm water quality by keeping extra nutrients and pollutants out of our waterways. Improve your landscaping plan by including one of the native plant kits listed below. Summit Soil and Water Conservation District plants sales are for a limited time each year.
Healthy Yard/Soil Testing
The first and most important step for a healthy landscape plan is to build and maintain a healthy soil since soil is the foundation for a healthy yard. To grow well, your lawn needs soil with good texture, some key nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and lime, and the right pH, (alkaline/acid balance).
It is extremely important to have your soil tested and check the pH. Grass grows best in a slightly acidic soil, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. You can add necessary amendments to achieve a good pH for grass growth. By having your soil tested for nutrients, you can avoid adding excess fertilizer, which costs money and ends up in the lakes and streams when it rains. Plants only take in the fertilizer that they need, and the rest will be wasted and harm the environment.
Composting is a simple, economical way to recycle your household scraps and yard trimmings into a nutritious meal for your soil and your landscape, not to mention the beneficial insects and microorganisms that will also feast on it. Learn more on how to start your own compost pile.
Trees improve stream quality and watershed health primarily by decreasing the amount of storm water runoff and pollutants that reaches our local waters. Trees reduce storm water runoff by capturing and storing rainfall in the canopy and releasing water into the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. In addition, tree roots and leaf litter create soil conditions that promote the infiltration of rainwater into the soil. This helps to replenish our groundwater supply and maintain stream flow during dry periods.
The presence of trees also helps to slow down and temporarily store runoff, which further promotes infiltration and decreases flooding and erosion downstream. Trees and forests reduce pollutants by taking up nutrients and other pollutants from soils and water through their roots and by transforming pollutants into less harmful substances. In general, trees are most effective at reducing runoff from smaller, more frequent storms.
In addition to these storm water benefits, trees provide a host of other benefits such as improved air quality, reduced air temperatures in summer, reduced heating and cooling costs, increased property values, habitat for wildlife and recreation and aesthetic value.
Rainwater harvesting and infiltration-based practices increase the efficiency of our water supply system. Water collected in rainwater harvesting systems can be used for outdoor irrigation and some indoor uses and can significantly reduce municipal water use. Water infiltrated into the soil can recharge groundwater, an important source of water in the United States.
SSWCD is offering rain barrels for sale at $80 each. An additional linking barrel for more water storage can be purchased for $50. Barrels are clean, food-grade, 55-gallon blue plastic drums with removable lids. The single barrels come complete with spigot, overflow hose and sight gauge attached, and the linking barrels have a hose which attaches to the main barrel. SSWCD will take orders throughout 2016. Order a rain barrel.
Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) will host a rain barrel workshop in September 17, 2016 at 9:00 am or 11:00 am. Limited spots available. Please contact the Public Works Department for more information (330) 342-1750.
Rain Barrel Workshop Registration form
Rain Barrel Participation Agreement
Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste
Hazardous household chemicals that are not disposed of properly can be carried by rainwater into nearby lakes and streams. ReWorks offers a Hazardous Household Recycling Center (HHWRC) for Summit County residents in nearby Stow. The HHWRC is open June 4 through September from 9 am to 8 pm.
Dispose of Pet Waste
Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, yards or other open areas can be picked up and carried by rainwater into storm drains, nearby lakes and streams causing many problems. Pet waste contributes to contamination of our surface water because it contains fecal coli-form and other harmful bacteria and pathogens which can cause diseases in people and animals. By picking up pet waste, you can prevent pet waste pollution. Hudson City Parks offer pet waste stations and bags for your use in the parks.
Storm Water Rules and Regulations
For More information about the programs listed above or other programs in Summit County, contact the at 330-929-2871 .