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Watershed study could be done on Brandywine Creek and its tributaries

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: August 31, 2016 12:00 AM

Hudson -- Council could approve a watershed study for the Brandywine Creek and tributary watershed.

Water backed up on state Route 303 under the railroad bridge Aug. 11 when more than two inches of rain fell in a short period of time.

The water couldn't get into the stormwater catch basins quick enough and backed up, said City Engineer Thom Sheridan at the Aug. 23 Council workshop.

"The entire sidewalk [in the area] was under water," Sheridan said. "It was a large amount of water in a short amount of time."

All the surface water from Acme and from Boston Mills Road drains to the lowest spot, which is under the railroad bridge, Sheridan said.

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He proposed channeling the water from state Routes 303 and 91 directly to the creek instead of relying on the catch basins which often have debris in them.

The watershed study would provide a model for the Brandywine Creek and its tributaries located in the center and Northwest area of Hudson.

Watershed studies have been done on Hudsons's two other watersheds, Mudbrook and Tinkers Creek.

A consultant would need to do the watershed study, Sheridan said. The price for the complete study would be between $100,000 and $120,000. If just the tributary was done, it would be $80,000.

The model would show the impact of projects on the watershed and show different ways to correct problems, Sheridan said.

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Council member Dan Williams wanted to know if alternatives could be found instead of replacing expensive culverts.

"We're happy to look at other alternatives," Sheridan said. "The watershed study is the best way to go forward."

Mayor David Basil said the full watershed study would include the YDC property on Hines Hill Road and that would be useful for future development.

Council members agreed the full study and not just the tributary in downtown would be preferred.

"Be aggressive," Council member Dennis Hanink said. "Do the full watershed study. Wait on the culverts," he added.

Council member Alex Kelemen said the stormwater fees being collected by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District should be used toward the project.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

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