Storm water problems raining on your parade? Give us a call

As a homeowner, one of the last things on your mind during the height of sunny summertime is dealing with storm water. But watch one of the season’s beautiful, billowing cumulus clouds turn dark, then park itself over your neighborhood and the idea of storm water management might become a priority in a hurry.

As the world around us has developed, the land upon which our roadways, homes and businesses have been built has moved from a natural or sponge-like state—capable of absorbing rainwater to sustain plant growth or recharge groundwater—to an impervious or “hard surface” state.  That which can’t “soak in” runs off, and the swales, streams and rivers to which that rain water travels are forced to handle an ever increasing volume of water resulting in erosion, flooding and property damage. Rain event that historically might not have been of any consequence are now amplified by the broad reach of development. Dealing with storm water on a global scale is a proposition that reaches into the billions of dollars. 

While the typical homeowner may not come face to face with some of the larger more dramatic issues of storm water management, it’s not unusual for our office to take calls from homeowners who are having problems with storm-inspired seepage in their basements or “wet spots” on their property. We welcome such calls and will be more than happy to come out, look at the problem and discuss possible remedies. Oftentimes a solution lies in a simple, inexpensive management practice. Other times the solution may involve a more sophisticated approach, but we’ll be happy to help you get started on a path toward keeping your property as “high and dry” as possible. 

If you would like assistance with storm water issues on your property please contact John Lorson at the Holmes SWCD office at 62 W. Clinton St., Millersburg, Ohio 44654 or phone 330-674-2811, or email at

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John Lorson came to Holmes SWCD after having left a career in higher education quite literally for greener pastures. He holds a BS in Biology from The University of Akron where he later worked for ten years, most recently as coordinator of the Wayne College Holmes campus. John also spent 15 years as an engineering technician with the city of Orrville and still serves in his hometown as a city council representative. Local residents may recognize John from his weekly humor column in The Daily Record and Shopper News—a collaboration with his wife, Kristin that is now in its 20th year. He is thrilled to be working as a technician in the field of conservation—a great crossroad of his education and experience. Reach John with your conservation concerns at 330-674-2811 or email