BUCYRUS - Crawford Park District has been awarded a $65,030 Surface Water Improvement Fund grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to implement a stormwater and nutrient reduction demonstration project at Lowe-Volk Park.
The stormwater management demonstration is to include installation of a rain garden, installation of two rainwater harvesting and reuse systems, improvements to existing wetland and bioretention cells at the park entrance including native wetland species planting and conversion of 5,000 square feet of impervious pavement in the parking area into pervious pavement.
Also, a passive vegetated treatment train is to be installed next to the parking area to provide additional retention and treatment of parking area runoff.
By retaining excess stormwater and releasing it at a slower rate, incremental improvement to water quality in the Sandusky River and Lake Erie can be achieved.
"This project will provide and promote unique-to-the-county examples of stormwater management aimed to educate homeowners and businesses with ways to reduce runoff quantity and improve water quality," said park District Director Bill Fisher.
Interpretive educational signage will be installed to provide information to park visitors. The goal is to introduce these ideals so they can be understood better and be more readily adopted by citizens and businesses on their own properties.