Urban runoff is a term used to describe the runoff that occurs during rain events in areas that have a high concentration of impervious surfaces, such as asphalt roadways, parking areas, sidewalks, and rooftops. Urban runoff typically contains contaminants such as sediment, nutrients, hydrocarbons, metals, and bacteria from a variety of sources within the watershed. To combat runoff contaminants, the City of Oregon is planning to construct the Urban Runoff Capture and Otter Creek Restoration Project in the Fall of 2019 through Spring of 2020 at the west end of Eastmoreland Blvd. By capturing and treating urban runoff, this project will benefit Otter Creek and the Western Basin of Lake Erie. The City of Oregon was successful in receiving a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant from the US EPA for design and construction.
The project will create an environment that mimics historic floodplain landscapes that existed prior to development in this region. Stormwater will be routed from a 43 acre urban watershed and discharged into a wetland system where natural processes such as settling, pollutant degradation, and nutrient uptake will be facilitated by the wetland vegetation established. The streambanks of Otter Creek flowing through the project area will also be stabilized using a combination of plantings and grading. Over 180 trees and shrubs and 5,000 wetland plugs will be planted in order to further establish habitat for wildlife. These improvements will be made in a neighborhood park like setting that will include a walking path and observation areas where birds and other wildlife can be viewed by park goers.
A public meeting was held on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 to introduce the project to Eastmoreland and Euclid Park residents. A PDF document of the meeting presentation is linked below. The conceptual site plan for the project is also linked below.
Project update photos and other information will be added to this webpage as construction begins. Please contact the Department of Public Service if you have any questions about this project.