NPS Monitoring Workshop 2013
Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare | Cleveland, Ohio | October 28-30, 2013

Working Together to Protect and Restore Our Water Resources

Field Trips and Workshops

Field Trip Information

Conference attendees can choose to attend one of six field trips offered on Tuesday, October 29 from 10:15 am-4:30 pm. The field trip and lunch costs are covered in the price of registration. Because space is limited for each field trip, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If your first choice is full when you register (the option will not be available), please indicate your second choice on the registration form, and then email Amber Siegel ( and Liz Hiett ( to be placed on the waiting list for your preferred field trip.

Please use the links below to find details about each field trip:

  • Chagrin River Watershed Stormwater Retrofits and Monitoring (PDF, 1 p., 271KB)

    The Chagrin River Watershed Partners, (CRWP) has worked with a diverse group of partners to incorporate and monitor stormwater retrofits at multiple sites in the Chagrin River watershed. The fieldtrip will highlight sites that have been monitored by CRWP in cooperation with USGS, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Ohio EPA, and North Carolina State University (NCSU).

    This tour will highlight the stormwater monitoring approach on several sites that have been retrofit with low impact development stormwater practices including:

    • Sterncrest Road Orange Village
    • Orange Village Recycling Center
    • Sulphur Springs Stream Restoration and lunch at Cleveland Metroparks
    • Mayfield Heights City Hall
    • Willoughby Hills Community Center

    This field trip will demonstrate how a watershed organization and local communities can work together to improve water quality and address local flooding concerns. Further this field trip will highlight how monitoring of stormwater performance can promote innovative stormwater practices and inform local and statewide stormwater programs.

  • Euclid Creek Watershed Program—The Successes and Challenges of Restoring Urban Streams (PDF, 3 pp., 282KB)

    Join the Euclid Creek Watershed Program partners as we visit three restoration projects in our Watershed Council communities. The field trip will begin at the mouth of Euclid Creek and Lake Erie to see a 2.3-acre restored wetland in an estuarine zone within a federal flood control channel. We will move upstream to visit a low head dam removal project—the site topography and infrastructure made for complex engineering and solutions. The tour ends in a neighboring watershed to see a detention basin that was retrofit into a series of wetland step pools at the headwaters of the Nine Mile Watershed.  Both watersheds are fully developed urban/suburban watersheds, highly impacted by flashy flows and storm water runoff. Each stop has a unique story of collaboration, funding, implementation, monitoring and lessons learned.

  • Middle Cuyahoga River Restoration (PDF, 1 p., 64KB)

    This field trip will visit restoration sites utilizing dam removal. The fieldtrip will begin in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio at the site of two dams removed in the summer of 2013. We will then proceed upstream to a small tributary of the Cuyahoga River, Kelsey Creek, where we will view a dam removal and stream restoration project initiated an implemented by the City of Cuyahoga Falls for purposes of storm water permit compliance. We will end our trip at the site of the former Munroe Falls dam, removed in 2005-2006 for purposes of complying with a U.S. EPA approved TMDL.”

  • Municipal Stormwater Programs in Action—Lessons Learned (PDF, 1 p., 413KB)

    Municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) don’t just drain the runoff generated by streets, rooftops and other developed areas. They also convey the pollutants that settle on those surfaces between storm events. When it rains, it pours pollutants! In 2003, the NPDES permit program was greatly expanded to require all MS4s within urbanized areas of the country to implement practices that reduce the pollutants discharged by their storm sewer systems. In Northeast Ohio, the number of regulated MS4s expanded from 1 to 205 communities. But, are these programs making a difference?  Participants of this tour will learn about the innovative ways that local MS4s are meeting the challenges of their NPDES storm water permit and how they measure success. From detecting and eliminating sources of illicit discharge to protect Lake Erie beaches, to changing behaviors through public education and involvement, and improving runoff quality in both new development and retrofit scenarios, this tour has it all for those wanting to learn more about this NPDES permit program and its intersection with urban nonpoint source program implementation efforts.

  • West Creek Watershed Stewardship in Action—Projects, People & Places (PDF, 1 p., 224KB)

    Cleveland Metroparks and West Creek Conservancy will host this field trip, highlighting stream restoration and stormwater retrofit projects in progress and recently completed that exemplify implementation of the West Creek Watershed Action Plan. The tour begins on a residential street where right-of-way rain gardens and rain barrels and associated monitoring has been installed to reduce peak storm flows and measure these results. A walk through West Creek Reservation will take participants to the newly opened Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek, which includes over 30 stormwater control measures outside and numerous watershed-based exhibits inside. The final stop is at the confluence of West Creek and the Cuyahoga River where a large stream and floodplain restoration project is underway.

  • Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) Project Coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft’s Scenic Rivers Program—Workshop/Field Trip (PDF, 1 p., 97KB)

    The Scenic Rivers Program staff will give an in-depth introduction to Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program and the Ohio SQM Project. Participants will learn about the simple, yet effective, river monitoring techniques that have kept Ohio’s citizens volunteering for years. Participants should be prepared to be in the water and be willing to learn about some of Ohio’s macroinvertebrates.

Please note that some of the field trips involve hands-on elements. Remember to dress appropriately. Ohio EPA can provide only a limited number of waders for the creek tours. If possible, please bring your own pair.

If you have any questions about the trips, please email Kim Wenger (

Mini-Workshop Options

Three mini-workshops have been organized for Wednesday, October 30, from 9:00am – 12:00 noon. There are no additional fees associated with these workshops, but space is limited so attendees are encouraged to sign up early. The mini-workshops are described in the documents linked below.

If you have any questions about the mini-workshops, please send them by email to Amber Siegel ( or Liz Hiett (