Storm Water Management

General Info

With the 2013 creation of regional stormwater management fees by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), many people are seeking ways to save money by implementing Stormwater Control Measures (SCM). Liberatore Landscape Construction LLC is proud to offer several projects that will not only secure these stormwater credits, but will also enhance your property's beauty, value and environmental health. Whether your needs are commercial or residential, please contact us today for a free site assessment.

To calculate the stormwater management fee for your property please click here. To apply for the credit, click here.


Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are typically 40-55 gallon barrels or drums connected to a downspout. They include a spigot to drain the barrel, and a diverter to manage filling and overflow. Multiple barrels can be connected, providing as much storage as needed. Rain barrels store precipitation from showers and storms, preventing a flush of stormwater onto your property or into the region's storm sewers. Gardeners appreciate the natural softness and chemical free aspects of rain water for their plants. And by reducing stormwater runoff, they can reduce soggy soils and protect the quality of our region's waterways.

If installed properly*, adding rain barrels to your home can also save you money. Of course if you water your yard with your barrels, you'll use less city water and avoid the associated water and sewer charges. In addition by implementing an approved Stormwater Control Measure (SCM) homeowners are eligible for the Individual Residential Property Credit, which offers a 25% reduction in Stormwater Fees.

We offer professional site evaluations and installation of rain barrels. For property owners with concerns about yard space or views, we offer a rain bladder that hides under a deck, gazebo or even under your home's subfloor. For more information about rain barrel installation, please contact us by phone at 216 644-0495, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter.

*For Individual Residential Property Credits, 50% of the property's roof area must be connected to rain barrels that provide at least 40 gallons of storage per downspout.

Permeable Pavers

Permeable paving, also known as pervious pavement, is fast gaining popularity as property owners learn about its many benefits. Liberatore Landscape Construction LLC is an experienced installer of these pavements for both commercial and residential customers. We provide free estimates and can help you with design options. For more information, please call us at 216 644-0495, or click here to request a free consultation.

What is pervious pavement?
Pervious pavement includes a wide variety of paving blocks, grid pavers, and pervious concrete installed over a specially-prepared bed of small stones. The stones act as a reservoir to temporarily store surface runoff, allowing it to gradually percolate into the soil below, where the water is naturally filtered and pollutants are removed.

Typical uses for pervious paving at home include patios &driveways, and commercially for parking lots and public outdoor spaces.

Why should I consider permeable paving?

  • It acts as a filtration system, improving water quality
  • It reduces the risk of soil erosion from runoff
  • It allows water to gradually enter the stormwater system, reducing peak flows and reducing pressure on both infrastructure and natural waterways.
  • It helps to recharge water tables
  • It contributes to restoring hydrological conditions to their pre-urbanized state.
  • For new construction, it contributes LEED credits for LEED certification
  • For larger properties, porous pavement also reduces the need for expensive subterranean or surface retention basins.

Will permeable reduce stormwater fees?
Yes. If properly designed and constructed, installations larger than 1,000 square feet will qualify for a stormwater fee reduction.


Vegetative Filter Strips

A vegetative filter strip (buffer strip) is an area of land either planted or naturally occurring located between potential pollutant areas (i.e. a parking lot) and a body of water that receives runoff. A properly designed and operating vegetative filter strip will reduce the amount of sediments, organic matter and pesticides found in runoff water before it reaches the water supply.




A Bioswale is a shallow ditch filled with vegetation, compost and/or riprap. A swale is designed to maximize the amount of time water spends passing though in order to trap pollutants, silt and organic matter. A common location is around parking lots where a swale may be used to not just treat water runoff, but also to negate potential flooding purposes and convey storm water away from infrastructures.