For over a decade, Ohio Sea Grant has hosted an annual Lake Erie Day for coastal county commissioners, mayors, and decision makers at Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island off the coast of South Bass Island. I, along with approximately 20 other officials and representatives of local government agencies, were able to experience Lake Erie up close aboard a research vessel, attend presentations by experts on current Lake Erie research, and visit other Ohio Sea Grant facilities that inform the public about Lake Erie.
Join Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Cleveland Metroparks, and Friends of Euclid Creek for a tour of the stream restoration project on the East Branch of Euclid Creek.
A little green would make a big difference in the midst of the acres of pavement near the Euclid
Maintenance Facility. Roy Larick put out a call for volunteers to plant a miniature urban “forest” of trees, bushes and native wildflowers along border of the City Garage on Lakeland Blvd.
On a July Saturday, a half dozen City workers helped some 30 volunteers called out by Bluestone Heights, Friends of Euclid Creek and the Keep Euclid Beautiful program. In what had been an asphalt desert, the wildflowers and trees will provide color and shade. But the intent goes even deeper into the soil. Vegetation traps rainwater. It slows the storm runoff, allowing pollutants to settle rather than being flushed untreated into streams and sewers that feed our Lake Erie.
True, this is but a pocket-sized planting. But small is how a big Great Lake comes to be healthy.
Volunteers with the shovels and wheelbarrows coming together with the huge hope of a brighter Euclid and cleaner Lake Erie.
Bluestone Heights has received a grant to remove pavement and add native plants to the area around the Euclid Sewer Department. Not only are native plants great for butterflies, bees, and birds, they also are great for stabilization and stormwater uptake!
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Euclid emerges victorious; over 350 total bags of trash collected by volunteers at ‘The Big Clean 2019’
Hundreds of Euclid and Collinwood residents took to the streets, parks, tree lawns, and highway ramps on Saturday, April 6th for ‘The Big Clean 2019’ - the third annual cleanup competition between the two communities.
This year, we have started a campaign to spread the news about things you can do to help restore Euclid Creek.
We are just weeks away from the third annual Euclid v. Collinwood “Big Clean” Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 9am to 1pm at Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School.
Public input is needed to help update a watershed plan for the Euclid Creek watershed. A watershed plan is a comprehensive plan for achieving water resource goals for a geographically defined watershed. The Euclid Creek Watershed encompasses 23.3 square miles in northeastern Cuyahoga County and a part of Lake County. It covers portions of 12 communities including Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, and Willoughby Hills. Euclid Creek watershed includes 40+ miles of stream, 30 miles of which is open channel and 10 miles of which is culverted or buried, as far as 8 miles away from the Creek’s confluence with Lake Erie, our source of drinking water, at Wildwood Park in Cleveland. The watershed is nearly 85 percent developed. Non-point source pollution challenges include stream sedimentation / siltation, habitat alterations, stream ditching or channelizing, and other flow regime alterations stemming from high levels of impervious cover such as roads, driveways, and rooftops. Updates to this plan are led by Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District with funding from Euclid Creek Watershed Council and Friends of Euclid Creek through a Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District grant.
The Euclid Creek Tree Planting at Community Christian Church project enhanced 155 lineal feet of forested riparian buffer along Euclid Creek, and an additional 261 lineal feet of turf grass with 80 native trees and shrubs on October 13, 2018. Trees and shrubs were planted on a cold rainy morning by 22 Friends of Euclid Creek and Community Christian Church volunteers. The conditions were less than ideal for humans, but perfect for the trees and shrubs to get in the ground. Thanks to all our tree stewards, church members, Friends of Euclid Creek members, and family and friends who chose to come out on a cold, rainy, muddy day, and get the job done. Thank you to Madelon Watts for bringing the much needed donuts and coffee. Thank you to the City of Euclid for providing mulch! Thanks to Dominion and Western Reserve Land Conservancy for providing the funding!
Expanding the riparian buffer along Euclid Creek will help reduce erosion along the Main Branch and resulting sedimentation as this section of Euclid Creek has steep streambanks. The site is adjacent to a heavily used road by automobiles and pedestrians, so educational signage will be placed spring of 2019 by the sidewalk and by the parking lot to educate the public and members of the church congregation about the project. As part of the project, two educational presentations were given to church members at their annual bazaar and picnic about the project and the benefits of trees and shrubs. In spring of 2019 a presentation will be given to church members about the watering equipment purchased and how often to water.
Plant species for the site were chosen based on their soil moisture preference and height restrictions due to utility lines on the property. Species used included: Allegheny serviceberry, American Hornbeam, American sycamore, Buttonbush, Pawpaw, Silky dogwood, Swamp rose, Winterberry, and Witch hazel. 15 yards of mulch was donated by the city and was spread around each of the trees and shrubs. Our watershed program manager got out and added cages and deer netting to protect the trees and shrubs from the deer November 2nd and 4th.
Partners on the project were the Community Christian Church, Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (Cuyahoga SWCD) and the City of Euclid, a member of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council.
We’ve broken ground on the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Stream Restoration Project! The project is in the City of Willoughby Hills in Lake County in the Euclid Creek Watershed at the headwaters of the East Branch of Euclid Creek. The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District received a $156,462 grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 Grant Program to conduct the restoration project. The grant requires a local match of 40% which is committed by the City of Willoughby Hills through their Lake County Stormwater Management Program Funds, up to $104,000, and by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), up to $50,000. The project will remove a culvert with maintenance issues (replacing it with a riffle ford), create instream habitat, and reconnect the stream to its floodplain. Biohabitats was awarded the project on June 7th, 2018 and 60% designs were submitted and approved September 27, 2018.
Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC) welcomed Dr. Sherri Mason from State University of New York at Fredonia to present her recent research on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes and its tributaries as well as plastic in our tap water, bottled water, beer and sea salt on August 14th at Beachwood Community Center. The event also featured Dr. Cathi Lehn from Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Director Diane Bickett from Cuyahoga Solid Waste District, and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon to talk about local plastic reduction efforts and the latest on changes to our county recycling program. The night concluded with a question and answer session as well as ideas about how we can address this threat by making simple changes in our daily lives like refusing a straw or bringing re-useable bags to the grocery store. You can listen, watch, or read about several other presentations Dr. Mason made throughout Cleveland on the 14th on NPR (Sound of Ideas), City Club, and cleveland.com. Look for a video of our program coming soon on our website: http://euclidcreekwatershed.org.
The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC) is pleased to announce that the recipient of its 2018 annual Environmental Education scholarship is Andrew Yormick.
Keep Euclid Beautiful often gets questions about recycling. The Do's and Dont's are different in each state and sometimes vary from city to city. This can make recycling a bit confusing. In this column, Keep Euclid Beautiful will do our best to answer your recycling questions based on the guidelines for the City of Euclid and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.
Do you want to plant your yard with native species?
Learn how to harvest rainwater for all your garden needs and to combat stormwater pollution in your community by constructing a rain barrel!
From fishing and swimming to boating and birding, Northeast Ohioans enjoy spending time on the water. And we’re not alone - Lake Erie tourism in Ohio generates nearly $13 billion in revenue annually. But a day at the beach and the nearshore habitat that fish, birds and other wildlife depend on can be easily ruined by ignorance and carelessness.
Euclid emerges victorious with nearly 200 bags of trash collected by volunteers at ‘The Big Clean 2018’
Hundreds of Euclid and Collinwood residents took to the streets, parks, tree lawns, and highway ramps on Saturday, April 21st for ‘The Big Clean 2018’, the second annual cleanup competition between the two communities.
Do you want to plant your yard with native species?
Do you want to learn about our watersheds?
Do you have an interest in sustainable energy?
Do you compost or recycle – or want to learn how to start?
Do you pick up litter? Do you love Lake Erie?
If you answered “yes!” to any of the above questions, you should definitely come to the City of Euclid’s first Eco-Friendly Fair at Euclid City Hall on Saturday, June 9th from 10am to 1pm. This free event is presented by Keep Euclid Beautiful and will offer something for everyone – whether you are just beginning to set up a garden with native plants or are already a master recycler (yes that’s a thing and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District will tell you more!). Whether you live in an apartment or own a home, all Euclid residents can make a difference and improve the health of our environment.
Why is Litter a Problem?
Road salt (sodium chloride) only works above 15°F. For colder temperatures use sand for added traction, or switch to an ice melting product designed to work at colder temperatures.
In December 2017, Euclid City Council unanimously passed a ceremonial resolution recognizing ‘Keep Euclid Beautiful’ (KEB) as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.
Grass clippings. Leaves. Sticks. Wood chips. These and other yard waste may not sound like they would be harmful to creeks or the animals that live in them. Homeowners and landscapers may even think that dumping these natural, organic materials on streambanks helps to slow erosion. But in reality, they can cause major problems, especially when they are dumped in smaller backyard streams and roadside ditches.
As the city’s fall leaf collection pickup is upon us, instead of raking those leaves to the curb, why not give composting a try. Leaves and other organic waste are an excellent addition to your home compost pile or bin. To compost your leaves put them in a composting bin or pile in your yard. If you are able to shred your leaves it will allow them to breakdown faster. For even faster breakdown of leaves try adding organic waste such as kitchen vegetables or garden/lawn clippings to your pile. By adding one part grass clippings or other green organic matter, for example kitchen vegetable scraps, to two parts leaves or other brown matter. The process for materials to breakdown can take about 6 to 24 months for the earthworms, inspects, and microorganisms to breakdown the material.
Being nature-friendly is something many of us rarely think about, or we worry it is complicated and a lot of work. But, actually it takes just a few simple actions every once in a while. Just a few extra steps can help protect wildlife, clean up our community, and keep our water safe. Take a look at these easy tips and try a few for yourself.
Lawns currently are considered to be a status symbol and homeowners can spend hundreds of dollars a year to have a perfect lawn; one that is green, lush, and free of weeds. A lawn like this does not sustain life or promote diversity rather it must be catered to, covered in fertilizers and pesticides, maintaining this type of lawn cost the homeowner money all while putting humans and animals at risk due to exposure to lawn chemicals. Additionally, these chemicals on the lawn get washed into storm drains polluting our rivers and lakes. The soil underneath this lawn is deprived of nutrients and devoid of life.
Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District are pleased to announce their fourth annual Day in the Life of Euclid Creek event on Saturday, July 15th from 9am to 2:30pm. This family friendly event provides a snapshot of a typical day in Euclid Creek, highlighting water quality in an urban watershed through a variety of monitoring demonstrations and tours of restoration projects from the headwaters to the mouth at Lake Erie.
Around this time of year most of us make New Year’s Resolutions: reduce stress, lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with family. These are all worthy goals and could take quite a bit of effort to accomplish. However, there are also some easy resolutions we can make to improve the environment. Small efforts can make our world a better place for all of us. Pick a few to try.
On a chilly and wet day during the first week of November, a hearty and enthusiastic group from Euclid High School’s SAVE Environmental Club forged their way into the Green Creek Valley.
The valley threads its way between Upper Valley Drive and Green Road along Euclid’s southwest border. The students’ mission was to plant twenty trees to seed the new outdoor learning laboratory as a place where students can conduct experiments and observe the natural world. The tree plots will help demonstrate the impact of the deer population on forest regeneration.
The outdoor experiment was funded by a grant from RBC Funding Corporation as part of the commercial bank’s commitment to environmental issues in the Great Lakes region. Other partners included the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Euclid Creek and the Alliance for the Great Lakes who developed the grant application in partnership with Euclid Public Schools.
Claire Posius of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water District was the technical advisor for the project. She selected the tree species and advised on the setup of the deer enclosure plots. The students planted one fence protected tree plot, one fenced control area and one unprotected set of planted trees. Through this experiment of creating three different enclosure types, students will observe the effect of deer browsing and analyze the results.
On an unseasonably warm day this past October, Euclid Planning and Zoning Commissioner Paul Beno welcomed volunteers – associates of Solon-based Swagelok Company – to the Green Creek stream corridor in the southwest corner of the city.
There are connections all around us. Some we know, like our extended family. Some we may not know as well, such as links from the past to the present. There are also connections we never see. Even though we may not be aware of them, connections in the natural world are of utmost importance to our well-being.
Learn how to harvest rainwater for all of your garden needs and to combat stormwater pollution in your community by constructing a rain barrel! Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Euclid and Friends of Euclid Creek are hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop on Thursday, September 15th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Euclid Senior Center (1 Bliss Lane, 44123). The $60 fee includes a 60 gallon barrel, all materials and downspout diverter, but it is free to come and listen. Registration is required by Thursday, September 8.
The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC) is pleased to announce that the recipient of its 2016 annual Environmental Education scholarship is Hrishikesh "Gopal" Mandal. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student residing in the Euclid Creek watershed who has exhibited the potential to make a contribution to the environment through a related field of study.
Most of the cleaning products we buy at the store contain harsh chemicals. Many have handling warnings and cautions: wear gloves, don’t inhale. Those warning are there for a reason. They really can harm us through contact while we clean. When rinsed down the drain they go back to the water or sewer plant ending up in our drinking water and the lake harming aquatic life. Our cupboards are stuffed with cans and bottles for every different chore. The cost adds up.
Although Lake Erie water is only 2% of the Great Lakes, it provides drinking water for millions of people, electricity from over 20 power plants, and contains 50% of all the Great Lakes fish. Our lake is the most valuable fresh water fishery in the world. Power production, fishing, and tourism generate billions of dollars a year in revenues.
The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed, is pleased to announce the availability of its third annual scholarship in environmental studies. This scholarship was created in order to aid one deserving student in his/her pursuit of a degree or certificate in environmental studies, field biology, or any scientific field related to watershed health.
Salt, as harmless as it sounds, is a chemical that can harm both our personal & pet health and that of our local creeks and streams.
Please join Euclid Creek Watershed program partners as we conduct restoration activities at the wetland and cleanup the bioswale garden.
On June 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the city of Euclid two Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Shoreline Cities grants to improve Lake Erie water quality. I was proud to join representatives from Northern Ohio communities and the EPA on this day to recognize the city of Euclid for their efforts.
Euclid must control stormwater discharge into Lake Erie. With an Integrated Plan, stormwater can be a resource. EPA has guidelines. Other cities have examples. Euclid has many ghost stream features. These can be enhanced for bio-infiltration and habitat diversity. Eco-greenways can connect the features. Learn how eco-greenways can make storm flows a resource. We can build a better, more natural Euclid.