Stormwater Management

What is Stormwater?


Stormwater is clean water from rain. The water "runs-off" hard surfaces such as homes, streets, parking lots or dry ground and into a stormwater drainage system. The stormwater travels to the nearest water basin such as a lake, pond, retention pond, detention pond, stream or river and provides fresh water for drinking, wildlife and fish and recreational activities. For this reason, it is important to keep our lakes and rivers clean.
 

Services Provided to Maintain the Storm Water System:

  • Ditching

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    Re-grading of ditch to maintain the original design and allow water to flow. The Service Division provides this service on a request-only basis. Requests received this year will be scheduled for maintenance next year. The 2016 ditching schedule will start in mid-summer due to other projects and weather:
    • Northeast
    • Southeast
    • Southwest
    • Northwest
  • Catch Basin/ Manhole Repairs and Cleaning - catch basins catch all the storm water run-off from the street and homes. Over time the catch basins may become clogged or in need of repair.
  • Sink Holes Repairs: Sink holes may form when the pipe below ground has a leak. Dye Testing usually determines where the leak is occurring. Not all sink holes are caused from storm water pipes.
  • Easement Cleaning: Throughout the City there are storm water easements near streams. Not all easements are owned by the City. The Public Works Department will check for blockages and clear the obstruction as time and manpower permit. Residents are responsible for maintenance on their private property, even though the City has an easement. Residents are not allowed to construct or plant on easements. Dumping of yard waste is prohibited and possibly illegal.
What is Ditching
Catchbasin 3
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
In compliance with the provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Ohio Water Pollution Control Act, the City is required to submit an annual report to the Ohio Environments Protection Agency.

Current NPDES Permit
Last Year NPDES Permit

Brandywine Creek Watershed Plan


Brandywine Creek is a tributary to the Cuyahoga River. From its headwaters in Hudson, it flows westward for 11 miles and joins the Cuyahoga River in Sagamore Hills within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. What happens upstream can have serious effects on what is currently one of the highest quality stretches of the Cuyahoga River's main stem.

Since the watershed is experiencing around a 10% urbanization increase each year, it is even more important to have a plan to maintain the water quality and natural features of the creek. Consequently, the Brandywine Creek Watershed Plan was developed. Click here for the full plan.


Storm Water Educational Information


While Hudson is embarking on an aggressive storm water management action plan, there is much that citizens can also do to help keep our waters clean. Our 2016 program theme is "Lake Erie Starts Here". This year the City will provide information to promote healthy landscaping and use of native plants and reduce the size of semi-impervious turf grass.

Learn more about Storm Water Education and upcoming activities and events.