Five Facts about Flood Plains

A trail cam captured an eagle flying over the Cuyahoga River in Valley View.
The Cuyahoga River at Valley View. The flood plain is empty.

Everyone lives in a flood plain.

The Cuyahoga River at Valley View from the same view as the photo above. Snow melt and rain in February caused the floodplain to fill.

Flood plains are valuable to both humans and wildlife.

White-barked sycamore saplings have been planted along the river’s edge in Valley View. Eventually, the flood plain will forest and look very similar to other areas of Cascade Valley Metro Park. Photo by Joe Prekop.

Development over the past 100 years or more has severely impacted our flood plains.

Left: In 1975, a new addition to the Valley View Golf Course was landscaped to prevent water from flooding the course. Right: Restoration included removing the land previously sculpted to control river water. This photo shows an area excavated down 6 to 8 feet, returning the flood plain to its original levels.

There are two main approaches to restoring a flood plain.

A bald eagle along with many other bird species call Valley View home, taking advantage of the growing number of food sources available. Photo by Jerry Cannon.

You can support healthy flood plains in your own back yard.

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Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres, 16 parks, three nature centers and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at www.summitmetroparks.org.

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Summit Metro Parks

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Summit Metro Parks manages 15,000 acres, 16 parks, three nature centers and more than 150 miles of trails. Find more at www.summitmetroparks.org.

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