Planting Trees to Reduce Runoff -Central Lake Erie

In 2020 Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with Chagrin River Watershed Partners, the City of Mentor, and six other partner organizations (Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Richmond Heights, the City of Lyndhurst, the City of North Royalton, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and Mayfield Village) on this riparian restoration project that spanned six different communities in northeast Ohio. 

Lake SWCD worked with the City of Mentor to plant 225 1.5” caliper trees on publicly owned property throughout the city. 200 trees were planted at Springbrook Gardens Park and 25 were planted at the Mentor Civic Center campus.

In total this project included the planting of 2,620 native trees and shrubs across seven sites covering approximately 19.5 acres, which will intercept 579,012 gallons of annual rainfall in Ohio’s Central Lake Erie Basin Watershed. This project is funded under the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service (USFS) Northeastern Area, State & Private Forestry’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant program.