District Board Awards 3 Mini Grants

The Lorain County Storm Water Management District was able to award 3 Mini Grants before meeting their $10,000 budget for 2019. 

Amherst Township was awarded $5,000 to repair a storm water catch basin and lateral connections in the Hidden Valley Development area.  Pittsfield Township received $3,250 to replace approximately 660ft of old clay tile that has become plugged, with new PVC pipe along Merriam Road.  The last grant awarded was to Sheffield Township for $1,750 to assist in placing approximately 225ft of tile in an open ditch to become a covered ditch preventing slope and street erosion, litter, and increase safety.


Current Services

The revenue created from a new storm water fee will be used to comply with new unfunded federal water quality mandates, improve water quality and begin to upgrade the storm water infrastructure in our county. Money will be used to: 

    • Monitor water quality of local waterways to control potential discharge of pollutants;

    • Identify and eliminate improper connections that illegally dump waste, instead of storm water, directly into our rivers and streams;

    • Develop plans to properly address storm water runoff throughout the existing storm water system;

    • Help with projects to maintain, upgrade, repair, and replace the existing storm water infrastructure to reduce flooding and pollution;

    • Removing storm water from the sanitary sewer system known as Inflow and Infiltration (I & I);

    • Develop meaningful partnerships to provide effective and cost efficient services to the District with local agencies and organizations;

    • Comply with federal/state unfunded regulations; and

    • Provide funds for local projects through the Community Grant Program and Mini Grant Program.


2019 Community Grants

Through a competitive application process, the District Board has awarded 13 Community Grants to 10 townships totaling $378,810.

The District received 22 project applications from 15 townships. The Community Grant subcommittee reviewed all of the applications received and ranked them (2019 Approved Projects). The subcommittee reported out to the Storm Water Advisory Committee in an open meeting and the projects were discussed. A recommendation to forward the grants as ranked was approved by the Committee. The District Board met on February 26 and approved the grants as recommended by the SWAC.

Funds that are not expended because of a project being unable to go forward or coming in under budget will be used to either cover cost overruns of projects that are approved by the District, make an award to an unfunded project application or be carried forward to the next round of grant funding.

2019 District Activities

The Board approved a working budget of approximately $1.4 million. More than 2/3rds of the funds are going towards storm water infrastructure projects. Most of the funding is divided into either District Project funds, Community Grant funds, and Mini Grants, with some funds available to respond to log jam removals and other emergency situations.

A District Project is one that is typically of a very large scale or of a particular urgent need in partnership with local community. The District has completed several small scale projects. The flooding of Columbia Library was addressed through the District and Columbia Township working together to make drainage improvements in concert with the Library. A large swale to intercept and hold water until it can flow underneath East River Rd is an example. This year, working with Carlisle Township the completed the undercutting of a storm sewer that outlets into the Black River which will result in the protection of the sewer, Dewhurst Rd and private property.

Two larger projects being undertaken by the District are currently underway. The nearly 100% complete Lake Avenue Stream Restoration Project reconstructed a portion of the Clinton Avenue Ditch, creating flood plain and enhanced the wetland that will capture sediment, heavy metals, and nutrients, in addition to acting as a natural storm water detention.  The District is also working on Clinton Avenue Storm Water Management Facility, a detention basin that will work in conjunction with Lake Avenue Stream Restoration to provide a reduction in incidence and intensity of flooding downstream of the Clinton Avenue Ditch affecting Elyria Township, Sheffield Township, and the City of Lorain.



Budget for 2019


FY 2019

Debt Services


Ohio EPA Phase II Compliance &Administration




Storm Water Management Plan


Customer Service/Technical Support


Database Management


MCM#1 - Public Education & Outreach


MCM#2 - Public Involvement/Participation


MCM#3 - Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination


MCM#4 - Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control


MCM#5 - Post-Construction Storm Water Management


MCM 6- Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping


Storm Water Management District Projects






Infrastructure maintenance


Infrastructure grants program


Ditch Maintenance


Additional Contractual Services


Log Jams


Auditor 2% Surcharge







2015 Stormwater Report

2015 Annual Report was submitted to Ohio EPA on March 30, 2016 on behalf of the County and Townships of Amherst, Carlisle, Columbia, Eaton, Elyria, Grafton and Sheffield and the City of Oberlin as co-permittees of Lorain County.


2014 Stormwater Report

2014 Annual Report submitted to Ohio EPA on March 31, 2015 on behalf of the County and Townships of Amherst, Carlisle, Columbia, Eaton, Elyria, Grafton and Sheffield.