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Rocky River Updates

Apply for a passport at the library

James Umerley

Passport Processing and Photo Services

Rocky River Public Library is pleased to announce that it now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.  U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports at the Library at the following times:

Passport Service Hours

Monday - Thursday   9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Friday & Saturday     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday                       1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays through August 23)


No appointment is necessary, however, you can call ahead to reserve a time to keep waiting to a minimum.


According to Library Director Jamie L. Mason, “Our new passport service opens a path to the world for our patrons.  Especially, our high school and college graduates who may be getting a passport for the first time.”


For application forms, information on documentation required, fees and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information,, or call the National Passport Center at 1-(877)-487-2778. Call the Library at (440) 333-7610 or visit for information on fees and payment.


Recent burglaries in Rocky River

James Umerley

Recent burglaries in Rocky River

To keep our community safe and informed, we would like to provide an update on residential burglaries in Rocky River.

Since May 1st, the Police Department has investigated six residential burglaries. Of the six, two were likely committed by people known to the resident with keys to the homes. The third was a theft from an unlocked vehicle left in an open garage. The fourth was during the daytime from an unlocked home. And the fifth and sixth were during the daytime and involved forced entry. No residents were injured and no one confronted anyone in their homes.

The burglaries were spread throughout the City and occurred to houses on Story Rd., Parklane Dr., Hilliard Blvd., Beaconsfield Blvd., Lake Rd., and Frazier Dr.,

While even one burglary is too many, this number of burglaries during a three-month period is not higher than normal for our community. For example, last year during the same three-month period, there were ten.

The Rocky River Police Department has a very good record for clearing residential burglaries by arrest. We hope to continue with that success. As importantly, we will continue to work towards crime prevention, both by proactive policing and community involvement and education. Residents can protect themselves and their property by closing and locking doors overnight and while away from the house.

By using your eyes and ears, you become an extension of the Police Department. If you see something that looks suspicious, like someone lurking around the neighborhood, especially in back yards, call police as it is occurring. Do NOT confront the person(s); you may be unnecessarily putting yourself into harm’s way.

If you have questions about this or anything else, you may contact me directly at 440-356-5625.


Kelly J. Stillman, Chief
City of Rocky River
Division of Police 

Announcing the 2015 River Bright Spot Recipients

James Umerley

Announcing the 2015 River Bright Spot Recipients


We hope that these Bright Spots inspire you. We look for more nominations when the program continues in 2016. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination!


Find more information about the group’s activities, more Bright Spot details (pictures and a map), and past Bright Spot recipients at:


Community Bright Spots

Triangles at the intersection of Beach Cliff Blvd./Morewood Pkwy./Northcliff Dr.

Cul-de-sac circle on Thomson Circle

Cared for by neighbors surrounding each respective area.


Residential Bright Spots

20911 Avalon Dr., John & Debbie Andrews

22449 Bartlett Dr., Kenny & Katie Kuhn

19637 Beach Cliff Blvd., Rob & Colleen Elwood

3596 Beverly Hills Dr.

18745 E. Shoreland Ave., Stephen & June Bond

19217 Eastlook Rd., Zachary & Julie Patton

1265 Elmwood Rd., Steve & Sarah Taylor

20820 Endsley Ave., Chris & Brigid Steiner

22100 Hilliard Blvd., Karen A. Casey

3527 Kings Mill Run, Jim & Linda Biscardi

22790 Laramie Dr., Tom & Julie Lundin

19439 Laurel Ave., Mike & Robin Roberts

20070 Laverne Ave., Bill & Kathy Dawson

2047 Magnolia Dr., Gay Lakovich

22683 Meadowhill Ln., Aaron & Joyclyn Rood 2130 Northview Rd., Cathy Whitlow

20245 Orchard Grove Ave., Dan & Theresa Kowalski

19620 Parklane Dr., John & Rita Karliak

21420 Stratford Ave., Tom & Lori Poe

737 Wagar Rd., Rick & Terry Desautels

2770 Wildflower Dr., Anthony Armenti

3824 Wooster Rd., Henry & Carla Garcia

1904 Wynwood Dr., Laura & Jeff Nicholson

Steve & Anne McKeown, Ward 3


The Bright Spot program is a way to recognize residents who spend extra time and effort to enhance their property and Rocky River as a community. It is not a competition. River Bright Spots have lovely gardens, interesting design, and quality maintenance. As in the past, the focus was on front yards and curb appeal so that volunteers did not have to go on private property during the review process.


Limited volunteer resources dictated that we focus on only one residential category this year, which was single family homes. We look forward to expanding in future years with more members. Please join us!


The Rocky River Beautification Committee’s mission is focused on projects and recreational activities that foster community involvement to improve the appearance of the city. The Committee strives to enhance the quality of life in Rocky River. Fundraisers like Light Up River allow the Committee to fund projects like the refurbishment of the stone wing walls at the corner of Detroit Rd. and Erie Rd.


James Umerley

Elle's Enchanted Forest

July 12, 2015 at Rocky River City Hall, 8:00AM - 10:00AM

100% of registration fees go directly to the park! 

Activities Include:
- Kids Dash
- Wheelchair 50 Yard Dash
- 5k Run/Walk
- 1+ mile Family and Friends Fitness Walk

Prizes for Top 3 wheelchair overall, top
3 men overall and top 3 women overall.

Our mission is to have a playground for all children, children with disabilities, and parents/grandparents/Veterans that are disabled and need a place to be able to play with their kids and grandkids.

Enter to win this Little Tikes Clever Climber, valued at $5,500!

 The winner will be announced on race day. Learn more at:

 Register online at:

  Printable Information - CLICK HERE

Recent Storm Flooding

James Umerley

Recent storm flooding has caused damage throughout Northeast Ohio.  The City of Rocky River is investigating all reports of flooded basements to ensure there are no blockages or abnormal conditions in the City’s sewer system.  Additionally, we will assist homeowners in diagnosing any issues which may contribute to basement flooding.  Please contact the Service Division at 440-356-5630 to report flooding or request assistance.  Also, if you need to schedule a special refuse pickup for items damaged by flooding, contact the Service Division. 


Rainfall for Saturday, June 27th is predicted to be substantial throughout the day.  The City will be monitoring the storm and sanitary sewer operations to confirm the sewer systems are operating optimally. Sandbags have been deployed strategically on streets to slow the movement of storm water into the sewer system.  Restriction of this nature inside of the catch basins has been made throughout the City.  Therefore, if you see standing water in your street during a storm, be aware that the City is storing excess storm water in the street to avoid basement flooding if at all possible.  If those areas where water is stored in the street do not recede within the hour after the storm please call the Service Department at 440-356-5630 for personnel to attend to that catch basin.


Our sewer investigations, since the June 15th flooding, have determined that there were no blockages or obstructions that caused storm or sanitary sewer flooding in residential basements.  Concentrated storm cells released heavy rains on June 15th (.95 inches of rain between 7:05 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) and on June 23rd (1.67 inches of rain between 5:40 a.m. – 6:05 a.m.) which overwhelmed the sewer system in Rocky River and neighboring lake shore communities.  The City maintains the sanitary and storm sewer system on a regular basis by cleaning, jetting and making repairs where appropriate on a continual basis.  During the recent storm events, all sewer systems were running properly; however, they were overwhelmed by the quantity of storm water that occurred over short time periods.


Our regional Waste Water Treatment Plant has been functioning well despite these challenging weather conditions.  The Plant, on an average dry day, will process 15 million gallons of waste water.  The maximum capacity of the Plant is 125 million gallons for processing in a day.  During the June 15th rains the Plant processed 156 million gallons of waste water, with peak processing sustained over three hours.  From the June 23rd event, the Plant processed 158 million gallons of waste water.  The ground during these rain events was saturated and the pressure from the large quantities of rain falling in short bursts caused rain water to be pushed into the sanitary system.  These conditions cause both the storm and sanitary collection system to be quickly overwhelmed. 


To date, the amount of reported flooded basements received represents approximately .016% of the households in the City of Rocky River.  We realize that the actual number of flooded basement is higher as not every homeowner with storm flooding has called the City.  However, the low percentage of reported basement flooding confirms that our investments and maintenance of the sewer system has benefited our community.


The City of Rocky River has invested approximately $60 million into the sanitary and storm water collection system over the past eight years.  The City intends to continue this investment in the storm and sanitary collection system and innovative storm water projects and practices.  Grants and no-interest loans have been used to make sewer system improvements that were mandated by the US EPA.  While these projects met the Orders of the EPA they also offered our citizens an improved collection system that has benefited the entire community.  This year the City shall begin storm and sanitary sewer improvement projects that add over $6.5 million to our total investment.  Do not hesitate to contact the City with questions about current or planned sewer improvement projects at 440-331-0600.


As we continue to invest in the sewer collection system and the regional Waste Water Treatment Plant, these positive trends towards reducing flooding shall continue.   However, new sewers do not guarantee dry basements.  Homeowners’ play an important role in protecting property from these storm events.  Homes with clogged gutters or improper connections into the sanitary line can also be overwhelmed by these storms and cause flooded basements.  Please do not hesitate to contact the City about how to protect your basement from storm water flooding.  Click here for additional information about methods to further protect your basement from storms and flooded basements.


Police Department incident and accident reports are now available on line

James Umerley

All incident reports and accidents reports that are generated by the Rocky River Police Department are now available on line. Should you need a report please access the City website at, navigate to the Departments tab and click on the Police Division. At the bottom of the Police Division page you will see a link for incident reports and accident reports. Here you will be able to find the report that you are looking for. Should you have any questions please feel free to call my office and I will guide you through the process. 

Chief Kelly J. Stillman

Senior Center Volunteer of the Year 2014 - Nancy Schneider

James Umerley

Nancy Schneider was honored as the 2014 Rocky River Senior Center Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner in February.  Nancy sat in the front row when the announcement was made, oblivious to the fact that her family had slipped in the back of the auditorium to witness the event.

It is Nancy’s smiling face you see in the gift shop every Wednesday!  From there, she crosses the isle to the front desk to provide relief during the lunch hour.  Then she is off to Zumba!  Nancy helps out at many of the center’s special events. 

Nobody will be surprised to learn that Nancy spent a huge portion of her career in customer service in the retail industry.  Those skills serve her well in volunteer work- she is friendly, helpful, always smiling, quick to resolve problems and fun to talk to!

Nancy moved to be closer to her daughter and granddaughters.  She enjoys being a grandmother and doing all the fun things with her granddaughters that a grandmother is able to do.  She enjoys the freedom of retirement and the ability it gives her to spend so much time with her family, picking up the kids from school and participating at school events whenever the opportunity presents.

Program Coordinator Laurie Schaefer and Mayor Pamela Bobst congratulated Nancy as Volunteer of the Year.  Over 130 volunteers walked the red carpet and were greeted by screaming fans and paparazzi at this amazing event. 

Information from Ohio Attorney General concerning the latest phone scam that is targeting residents in Ohio

James Umerley


Information from Ohio Attorney General concerning the latest phone scam that is targeting residents in Ohio.

Attorney General DeWine Warns Consumers About 513-Area Code Phone Scams 
(CINCINNATI)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that consumers in Ohio and throughout the nation are reporting scam calls that appear to come from a 513 (Cincinnati) area code phone number and attempt to obtain consumers’ credit or debit card numbers. 

The calls appear to be part of a “phishing” scheme, in which con artists attempt to gain a consumer’s personal information by claiming that there is a problem with the consumer’s account. 

Although a 513-area code phone number appears on the consumer’s caller ID, the calls likely are not originating from the Cincinnati area and may be the result of hacking or caller ID “spoofing,” or altering. 

In the past week, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received approximately 110 reports of these calls from consumers in Ohio and other states, including Georgia, Missouri, and South Dakota. 

According to consumer reports, the calls generally begin with a recorded message telling consumers that their credit or debit card has been locked or frozen. Consumers are instructed to “Press 1” to unlock their account and then are told to enter their 16-digit card number. Consumers who supply this information may be at risk for identity theft. 

“Scammers often try to use fear to convince people to provide money or personal information,” Attorney General DeWine said. “No matter what a caller says, don’t give out any financial information in response to these kinds of calls. If you are worried about your credit or debit account, hang up and call your bank using a number you know to be real, such as the number that appears on your monthly statement.” 

Consumers who receive suspicious calls should take steps to protect themselves, including: 

Be skeptical of the phone number that appears on your caller ID. It could be the result of “spoofing” or hacking. 
When in doubt, hang up or don’t answer. 
Don’t respond to suspicious calls. Even if the call prompts you to press a button to “opt out,” don’t do it. This could cause you to receive more calls, because it signals that yours is a legitimate phone number. 
Never provide money or personal information to someone who calls you unexpectedly, even if it appears to be a local call. 
Consumers who provide credit or debit card numbers in response to a potential scam should take steps to protect themselves from possible identity theft, such as: 

Call your bank to report that your credit or debit card number has been compromised. Banks may take action such as issuing a new card number to you. 
Monitor your bank accounts. Look for suspicious activity, and if you find any errors, immediately notify your bank, or credit or debit card provider. 
Place an initial fraud alert on your credit report. Contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion — to place an initial fraud alert, which will stay on your credit report for 90 days. The alert is free of charge and will make it more difficult for someone to open credit in your name. 
Victims of identity theft should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit for help correcting the effects of identity theft. 

To report a scam, consumers should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or 800-282-0515. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at your convenience, 440-356-5625. 

Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program

James Umerley

Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program


Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program.  This is an annual program with qualifying eligibility criteria.  The application is available in the Community News column at


Eligible residents who apply will be given a credit of one MCF (thousand cubic feet) in the amount of the current sanitary sewer rate of $38.00 per MCF.  The Credit will appear on the September 1st sewer bill which covers the service period of June to August.


Residents with a second meter (also known as a deduct meter) already installed on an irrigation system are not eligible under this Program; the water consumption measured by the second water meter is already deducted from the usage before the sewer charges are calculated.


Return completed applications by

U. S. Mail:     City of Rocky River, Sewer Billing

 21012 Hilliard Boulevard

 Rocky River, Ohio 44116 or

Fax:                             (440) 895 – 2620 or



Call or email with questions.  (440) 331 – 0600 or


Cardboard for Recycling - Update

James Umerley

As of January 12, 2015 in an effort to create greater efficiencies in the refuse collection system, the City of Rocky River will only collect cardboard for recycling if it is placed in a blue bag on your regularly scheduled refuse day. Cardboard that is loose near your refuse (not in a blue bag) will not be collected.  Cardboard may be taken to the Service Garage at 22401 Lake Road or to City Hall (21012 Hilliard Blvd. – between the Senior Center and Civic Center) and recycled in the River Valley yellow and green bins.  The Fairview Hospital Wellness Center (3035 Wooster Rd.) will also accept cardboard in a new River Valley bin easily accessible by their south driveway.  Each River Valley (green and yellow) bin will accept cardboard and all paper (included shredded paper).


The City will continue efforts to place more bins throughout the City in order to offer convenience for everyone’s cardboard and all paper recycling needs.

Communication Tools for Utility Customers

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Communication Tools for Utility Customers
Power in the palm of your hand

FirstEnergy’s new communication tools provide customers with simple and convenient ways to get the most current information related to their electric service, using the mediums they prefer.

Click HERE for the Communication Tools for Utility Customers Fact Sheet

Alerts offer important notifications related to power outages or bills

Customers can sign up to receive automated emails or text messages to stay informed on topics including:
■ Restoration updates in the event of an extended power outage
■ Notifications of expected power interruptions for scheduled service reliability work
■ Severe weather alerts in advance of storms
■ Billing reminders, including new bill available, payment due, payment posted or no payment received
■ Reminders of scheduled meter reading date

Get personalized account information with two-way text messaging

Using a series of short codes, customers can send text messages to 544487 (LIGHTS) to report a power outage,
request a status update on a reported outage, or make billing inquiries from a mobile phone. This customer-initiated
tool utilizes the existing text message service on a mobile device.
Short codes and frequently asked questions are available at

Mobile website and smartphone app offer on-the-go access to account services

With our mobile-optimized website and smartphone app, customers can easily manage their electric accounts on the
go. Features include:
■ Easy outage reporting and access to the mobile-optimized 24/7 Power Center outage maps
■ Secure management of a customer’s electric account
■ A click-to-call feature to reach our contact centers
■ Access to our full website
Customers will automatically connect to the mobile website when using a smartphone to visit or any of the operating company websites. The apps for our 10 electric operating
companies are available for Apple® iPhone® and Android™ smartphones. Use the keyword "FirstEnergy" or search
for your utility by name.

Enhanced 24/7 Power Center provides the most current outage information

Our enhanced 24/7 Power Center outage maps, available at, now display
individual outage locations with best-available estimated restoration times, as well as the possible cause of the
service disruption.
In addition, customers can receive a status update on a reported outage by logging into their accounts on the full or
mobile website. Information about other outage activity in the customer’s area also will be displayed.

Connect with FirstEnergy on social media

Stay connected with FirstEnergy and our 10 operating companies on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and
Flickr. Visit for a list of social media accounts.

Visit for more information and to enroll in alerts or text messaging.

Produced by FirstEnergy’s Communications Department



An important message regarding scams in Ohio

James Umerley

Community: An important message from the Ohio Attorney Generals Office regarding scams in Ohio. Please take a look!!

Imposter Calls from 'U.S. Treasury' Targeting Ohioans

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that Ohio consumers are receiving scam phone calls from individuals pretending to represent the U.S. Treasury.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received approximately 50 reports of the scam in the last four weeks.

“It can be intimidating to get a call from someone claiming to represent the government and threatening you by demanding immediate payment or personal information,” Attorney General DeWine said. “These kinds of calls are almost always scams. When in doubt, hang up and call a number you know is legitimate. Don’t use the number provided by the caller.”

In one variation of the scam, the consumer receives a call from a phone number with a 323 or 213 (Los Angeles) area code. The caller, “Steve,” claims to be with the U.S. Treasury. He says the consumer owes money for taxes and will be investigated or arrested unless the consumer makes an immediate payment.

The phone number may be “spoofed,” or disguised, to conceal the true origin of the call.

Most consumers do not report losing money to the U.S. Treasury imposter scams, but consumers who respond to the calls may start to receive more unsolicited calls. (By responding to scam calls, consumers reveal that their phone number belongs to a real person.)

On Tuesday, Attorney General DeWine announced that he and 38 other state attorneys general were urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine whether phone companies could use call-blocking technology to better protect consumers from unwanted calls and scams.

In their letter to the FCC, the attorneys general asked for a formal opinion on whether phone companies could use call-blocking technology, upon a consumer’s request, to block unsolicited phone calls when the caller appears to be a telemarketer.

Consumers who suspect a scam or unfair business practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or 800-282-0515.

U.S. Treasury or IRS impersonation scams can be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at or 800-366-4484.

Should you receive a call of this nature please contact the Rocky River Police Department so we can document this type of activity.

Announcing the 2014 River Bright Spot Recipients

James Umerley

Announcing the 2014 River Bright Spot Recipients

We hope that these Bright Spots inspire you. We look for more nominations when the program continues in 2015. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination!

Find more information about the group's activities, more Bright Spot details (pictures and a map), and past Bright Spot recipients at:

Community Bright Spot

West River Estates entrance along Spencer Drive

Planted & cared for by Claire & Gary Pildner, coordinated by Tracy Quaiser, and supported by John & Maria Patsue and residents along Sunnyhill Dr.

Residential Bright Spots

19543 Battersea Blvd., Julie & Merrick Murphy

19523 Beach Cliff Blvd., Gina & Jess Wiedemer

20756 Beach Cliff Blvd., Barbara & Ralph Daugstrup

2740 Carmen Dr., Sanie Arifi

3769 Delmar Dr., Colleen & John Brezine

2731 Devon Hill Rd., Jan Gilbert

3727 Kings Mill Run, Judy & Jeff Corbacho

2801 Kingsbury Dr., Mary Boutton & Mike Pavlak

22135 Lake Rd., Thomas Savoca

1938 Lakeview Ave., Louise & Kathy Yarcusko

2618 Lakeview Ave., Terri & Larry Hrovat

19989 Laverne Ave., Mike Betts

944 Morewood Pkwy., Denise & Kevin Cukrowicz

1819 Northview Rd., Sue & Rick Pease

1555 Rockland Rd., Heather & Mark Romanin

19731 Roslyn Dr., Pat Patterson

1719 Southbend Dr., Lisa & Warren George

22320 Sunnyhill Dr., Debra & David Pierce

2716 Tonawanda Dr., Kathy & Ed Shaffer

2346 Valley View Dr., Debbie & Doug Clark

1775 Wagar Rd., Marge & Craig Barner

19340 Westover Ave., Helen & Larry Dumski

Kathryn & Scott Rieg

Ward 1 Recipient #6

The Bright Spot program is a way to recognize residents who spend extra time and effort to enhance their property and Rocky River as a community. It is not a competition. River Bright Spots have lovely gardens, interesting design, and quality maintenance. As in the past, the focus was on front yards and curb appeal so that volunteers did not have to go on private property during the review process. Limited volunteer resources dictated that we had just one public location and one residential category this year, which was single family homes. We look forward to expanding in future years with more members. Please join us!

The Rocky River Beautification Committee's mission is focused on projects and recreational activities that foster community involvement to improve the appearance of the city. The Committee strives to enhance the quality of life in Rocky River. Fundraisers like Light Up River allow the Committee to fund projects like the croquet-themed bike rack in front of the Civic Center and a new project to improve the corner at Detroit Rd. and Erie Ave.

ReadyNotify Cuyahoga County Public Service Announcement

James Umerley

What is ReadyNotify?
ReadyNotify is a mass notification system used by Cuyahoga County and participating municipalities to issue emergency notifications to the public. It is similar to the communications systems schools use to notify parents of closures or other time-sensitive information. 

The system delivers messages to residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail. The system is capable of sending messages to specific communities or the entire county. 

ReadyNotify is primarily used for emergency notifications, when rapid and accurate information is essential for your immediate safety; however you may choose to be notified of general Cuyahoga County Government News as well. 

What Type of Notifications Will I receive? 
You can expect to receive notifications about:

  • Emergency Events
  • Cuyahoga County Government News
  • Cuyahoga County Building Closures
  • Water Boil Alerts
  • Safety Messages
  • Other Information

What Type of Information is Required to Register?
Participating in the ReadyNotify Program is voluntary. A valid email and phone number will be needed to sign-up. During the registration process we will ask you to give us information about yourself such as your address, your primary language, and if you require any special assistance during an emergency event. Only information indicated with a star * is required. For information about registering for a free email account click here.

How Will I Receive Messages?
When you sign-up in the system, you will receive emails as well as have the opportunity to choose how you want to receive additional messages. Additional messages can be delivered in the following ways:

  • Cell Phone
  • Home Phone
  • Work Phone
  • SMS/Text Messaging
  • Fax

Did you know?
Having redundant sources of emergency notifications on mobile devices will ensure you get the right message during an emergency. 

Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project at City Hall

James Umerley

Parking lots and roadways contribute to the increase
in stormwater runoff, sediment, and contaminants
conveyed to our local waterways. The increased
stormwater runoff leads to flooding, erosion, and a
decrease in water quality in our lakes and streams. The
reflection and absorption of heat on our paved surfaces,
causing a heat island effect, can lead to issues such as;
increased energy consumption, elevated emissions of
air pollutants and greenhouse gases, and compromised
human health and comfort.

What is Green Infrastructure?
Green infrastructure is an approach that communities
can choose to maintain healthy waters, provide multiple
environmental benefits, and support sustainable

What are the benefits of Green

  • Permeable Pavement and Stormwater Tree Vaults can:
  • Intercept rainfall,
  • Intercept parking lot runoff,
  • Filter runoff pollutants,
  • Reduce the urban heat island by providing shade,
  • Promote beautification.

Both of these demonstrated Green Infrastructure
components work together to capture and treat
stormwater runoff before it enters the local waterways.
The retained rainfall waters the plants and trees, soaks
into the groundwater table naturally, and reduces storm
sewer discharges.

Why are Green Infrastructure
Measures Here?
This project demonstrates how Green Infrastructure
measures like permeable pavements and stormwater
tree vaults might be incorporated into other public and
private parking lots and achieve multiple benefits.

The City of Rocky River received a $160,284 grant from the Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency under the provisions of the Surface Water Improvement Fund and the
US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This product or publication was financed in
part or totally through this grant. The contents and views, including any opinions, finding,
or conclusions or recommendations, contained in this product or any Ohio EPA peer or
administrative review and may not necessarily reflect the views of either Agency, and no
official endorsement should be inferred.