Green Euclid

Going Green - A Storm Water Alternative For the EPA

In 2009 City Council passed a resolution that read in part, "…it is the goal of the City of Euclid to support and encourage sustainability in the daily operations and provision of municipal services in order to reduce overall energy consumption, use resources responsibly, be good stewards of the environment, and to save costs." 

The resolution applied to alternative energy. It’s well beyond time to apply it to our Storm Water Management System.

The Federal EPA is requiring Euclid to improve our system. In April, Council increased user fees that will raise about $70 million to pay in part for improved sewer lines, new holding tanks and improved storm water treatment. This approach is referred to as "Grey Infrastructure." It addresses capacity and treatment issues. Grey improvements are necessary, but incorporating a “Green Infrastructure Strategy” (GIS) to Euclid's storm water problem reduces the AMOUNT of storm water that enters the system.  

GIS keeps water out of the system by intercepting storm water, infiltrating a portion of it into the ground, evaporating a portion of it into the air, and in some cases releasing a portion of it slowly back into the sewer system.  

A successful GIS reduces the storm water load, reduces the need for increased capacity, reduces the severity of cost increases and improves the ecosystem. Tools to intercept storm water run off include rain barrels, tree plantings, pervious pavement, rain gardens, tree trenches, green streets and green roofs. 

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:10 PM, 06.09.2012

Clean Euclid Beach for World Water Day 2012 and get a free taco!

Join Adopt-a-Beach volunteers in celebration of World Water Day 2012 for a beach cleanup at Euclid Beach State Park from 10am-12pm on March 24th and get a free taco and drink from Chilli Peppers restaurant (869 East 185th St. Cleveland 44110)! We will meet in the park pavilion at 10am, break up into teams and head down to the beach to pick up trash, conduct water quality tests and have a trash weighing contest!  Gloves, trash pickers, rakes and bags will be provided.  Please dress for the weather...whatever it may be and wear tennis shoes or boots! Coffee and water will be provided at the cleanup.  After the beach cleanup all volunteers are invited to Chilli Peppers restaurant for a free taco and drink (Be sure to thank Steve Newman owner of Chilli Peppers)!  The winners of the trash weighing contest will also get a special prize...to be announced at Chilli Peppers!

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 9:42 AM, 03.04.2012

2012 Is Going To Be An Exciting Year For Euclid Beach State Park and The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team!

It's never too early to start thinking about the beach!  At least that's what volunteers of the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team say!  If you are not familiar, Adopt-a-Beach is a volunteer organization and partner of the Alliance for The Great Lakes a non-profit dedicated to sustaining, improving and educating about the health of our lakes and beaches.  For the past two years through monthly beach cleanups, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers have picked up close to 2,000 pounds of trash and recyclables at Historic Euclid Beach State Park alone!  But it's a lot more than just picking up trash on the beach!  Take a look at what we did in 2011:

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 1:34 PM, 02.02.2012

The Fruit Tree Project

A group of local residents along with the OSU Urban Agriculture Program are wanting to make a difference in our community by creating awareness about urban fruit production in order to increase the amounts of fresh and preserved fruits consumed by residents, decreasing the amount of waste generate by fallen fruit, and cultivating appreciation for the value of fruit trees in the urban landscape. 

Proposed activities for this project include meeting to develop the organizational structure of this project, locate landowners in and around the city of Euclid and identify the location and types of fruit trees. As fruit trees were very important in Euclid for family health one hundred years ago, Roy Larick is interested in using Google Earth to help us map the locations of found trees. We will seek permission from tree owners and volunteer groups would go pick fruit that would otherwise go unpicked. Group harvests will be scheduled and the fruit will be distributed to area organizations such as the Euclid Hunger Center, other nonprofits, the culinary school, or even used for food preservation classes and demonstrations. Modeled after other fruit tree projects in the U.S., our project will also provide fruit to the volunteers. We also hope to increase the knowledge and skills related to fruit tree care and maintenance by creating workshops and other educational opportunities for Euclid area residents.

Would you like to help us with this initiative?  Contact Sherrie at 216-798-7089 or Nicole Wright of the OSU Extension Urban Agriculture Program 216-429-8200 x 249 for more information.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 1:29 PM, 02.02.2012

Rain Barrel Workshop in Euclid

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the City of Euclid will be hosting a 4th annual Rain Barrel Workshop with the Friends of Euclid Creek on Saturday, April 21st from 10:00am-11:30am at the Euclid Historical Society. 

A rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater that would otherwise be lost to runoff and likely diverted to a storm drain. Collected water may then be used to water lawns and gardens.  Cost is $60 (Friends of Euclid Creek members receive a $10 discount) and includes the 60 gallon barrel, all materials and downspout diverter. 

To register for this workshop (registration is required), contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator at 216-524-6580x16 or cposius@cuyahogaswcd.org by April 13th. 

Stop by and see environmental displays on composting, rain gardens and other sustainable practices.  Booths include the Euclid Community Garden, Solar Fountain, Worm Farm, Container Planting and more.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 1:26 PM, 02.02.2012

Euclid Creek Watershed Program published new Community-Specific Watershed Fact Sheets

The Euclid Creek Watershed Council Public Involvement and Public Education (PIPE) Committee has developed nine community-focused fact sheets to help residents learn what watersheds are located in their community.

A fact sheet for the City of Euclid is available for download on the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Website at http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/EuclidCreekFiles/EC_WatershedFactSheets.htm, and for all nine Euclid Creek Watershed Council communities (Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Richmond Heights and South Euclid).  You can find a hard copy at Euclid City Hall.  To request a copy, contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator, Claire Posius, at 216-524-6580 ext. 16 or cposius@cuyhaogaswcd.org

A watershed is an area of land that drains rain and snow to a common body of water such as a stream, river, or lake.  This new educational brochure explains what a watershed is and why we should care, and includes a map showing watershed boundaries, parks and natural resources, and current projects helping streams in the nine Euclid Creek Watershed Council communities.  Each fact sheet describes roughly how many miles of streams are above ground and how many miles are buried underground in culverts due to urban/suburban development.  Additionally, the fact sheets include details about each watershed, information on what your community is doing to help its watershed(s), and offers ways in which residents can help their watershed. 

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:40 PM, 02.02.2012

Illegal Dumping - A Serious Issue

Illegal Dumping is the improper disposal of waste at any location other than a permitted landfill or facility.  Illegal dumping poses a threat to human health and the environment. 

Also known as open dumping or midnight dumping, illegal dumping usually happens in open areas, along roadsides, in wooded areas, streams and rivers, and frequently occurs late at night to avoid detection.  The waste is dumped to avoid disposal fees or time and effort required for proper disposal.

It is illegal to allow open dumping on your property.  Property owners sometimes try to benefit financially by charging a fee for someone to dump waste on their property.  This is illegal.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:40 PM, 02.02.2012

Fall leaf clean-up tips

Did you know that grass and leaves can be harmful to our waterways? 

Many leaves will naturally fall into the water, but as homeowners, we should be mindful not to upset nature’s balance. The leaves that fall on our lawn should never be put in a creek, stream or river. Excessive decaying leaves use up the water’s oxygen, harming animals that live in the water.

Leaves can also get into our creeks and streams through storm drains.  Leaves and pollutants can easily be washed into the storm drain when it rains.

When cleaning up this year’s leaf drop, follow these simple steps to keep our waterways clean!

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 5:00 PM, 12.31.2011

Come see the swale garden at Euclid Beach State Park!

Thanks to a Small Scale Storm Water Demonstration Grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), volunteers from the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team planted Ohio native plants in two grass swales along the front entrance to Euclid Beach State Park. The demonstration project is part of a $50,000.00 small grant initiative by the NEORSD to help raise awareness about storm water management issues in our region. More information about the NEORSD demonstration grant program can be found at: http://www.neorsd.org/watershedgrants.php. 

A swale garden works by absorbing water through extensive root systems laid down by water tolerant plants. Water stays in the soil and out of the storm sewers and Lake Erie, reducing runoff, flooding and improving water quality. The plants, all Ohio natives courtesy of Great Lakes Natives Plant Nursery, will take root over the winter and blossom next spring and summer. With New England Aster, Purple Cone Flower, Orange Cone Flower and many more, it is sure to be a colorful summer at the park! So next time you are driving along Lakeshore Boulevard admiring the new Collinwood Recreation Center, look across the street at the entrance to Euclid Beach State Park! While it does not look like much more than some mulch and sprouting plants today, it is actually a storm water management project in progress! 

For more information about the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach team, future volunteer events and pictures of the swale garden, search The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team on Facebook or email stephen.love20@gmail.com.

Please consider joining us for our next beach cleanup Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at Euclid Beach State Park. We will provide volunteers with gloves, rakes and trash bags. Area food establishments Cafe Arts Collinwood, Chili Peppers and Giorgio's Pizza are graciously providing refreshments.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 1:30 PM, 10.06.2011

The Euclid Beach Blast! Was Nothing Short Of.....A Blast!

The Euclid Beach Blast! was a great success! All tolled throughout the day we had close to 450 attendees having a blast watching pop up art take shape on "the wall of doors", cleaning the beach (and picking up 200 pounds of trash!), building a sandcastle and catching some rays, watching a jump rope troop hop in all the way from Africa, chalking the sidewalk, learning about watershed preservation, chowing down on a Cuban sandwich from Jibaro World Eats Food Truck, biking and planting gardens around Collinwood and most importantly jamming to some music from 106.5 The Lake, Radio Disney and live performances from Bill Meyer, Andriana Santiago and Grupo Son Gitano!  We could not have had such a great event without the help of many dedicated Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers who spent hours in the hot sun on Saturday keeping everything cool! Thank you again to everyone who came out to volunteer on Saturday! Thank you also to all of our participating pop up artists! You can see the "the wall of doors" or the "Blank Canvas" in the Arts Collinwood Gallery.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 4:30 PM, 08.09.2011

Euclid's green thumbers will soon enjoy fruits of their labor

Mistress Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And so my garden grows.

Who hasn’t heard that nursery rhyme before? Sure, one can argue the political overtones of this little diddy, but let’s dispense with the that and focus on how the words fit so nicely with the magic that is taking place behind the Euclid city jail.

A number of Euclid residents have been making wonderful things grow in Euclid’s newest community garden, located behind the city jail on Milton Avenue. Early spring rains, summer sunshine and a lot of sweat equity seem to be the key ingredients to the mounds of vegetables, herbs and annuals that line the various beds.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 7:08 PM, 07.09.2011

The downside of convenience and the anticipation of the first fruit

I grew up in Westlake before it became the land of mini-mansions. I distinctly remember a cow running loose through our backyard and a cowboy on a horse, lasso spinning over his head, in pursuit. Maybe part of my memory is shaded by the romance of childhood, but the cows most distinctly were living a few houses away and they did sometimes get loose. Our backyard led to abandoned grape fields formerly owned by Welsh’s. There were early raspberries growing wild that would supply the children of the neighborhood with sustenance while they explored the wooded areas. We had favorite grape vines that we could swing on and in the late summer enjoy eating the concord grapes. 

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 7:08 PM, 07.09.2011

Install a rain garden to reduce storm water pollution in your own backyard

A rain garden is an attractive, landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don't mind getting wet feet. They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, which are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 7:08 PM, 07.09.2011

Are they dogwoods??

Our photographer wasn’t really sure, since he can’t tell the difference between a cherry blossom tree and a large mulberry bush.  Whatever they are, trees of this type burst into bloom in many parts of Euclid in the middle of May.  These colorful spring blossoms were spotted on Miller Avenue, near East 200th Street.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 3:48 PM, 06.02.2011

Spring Cleaning - Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Antifreeze, household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, solvents, used motor oil, etc. Improper disposal allows these items to seep into and pollute our rivers and groundwater. So the next time you’re spring cleaning or on the move, learn the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District encourages you to participate in spring cleaning to rid your house and garage of household hazardous waste. 

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 4:54 PM, 05.04.2011

Euclid Creek wetland restoration project begins in Wildwood State Park

The Lacustrine Refuge is a wetland restoration project located in Wildwood Lakefront State Park in the Euclid Creek Watershed on the Main Branch of Euclid Creek, a tributary to Lake Erie that is heavily urbanized and affected by urban runoff and habitat degradation in the city of Cleveland.  The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District applied for and was awarded $1,396,050 from the US EPA through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to fund the Lacustrine Refuge project.

An estuary, or lacustuary in freshwater systems, provides habitat for nearshore fish and typically consists of wetlands.  Today, the Euclid Creek estuarine zone has been modified for a public park and marina, but opportunity exists to restore some of the natural estuary function. 

The Lacustrine Refuge project will restore three acres of urban coastal wetlands and restore 1,100 linear feet of shoreline habitat to serve as a fish habitat refuge and nursery for the urban coastal estuary zone.  In addition, eroding banks in the park will be stabilized and invasive plants replaced with native plants to attract more birds and amphibians to the area.

The Lacustrine Refuge project provides a rare opportunity for nearby residents of Cleveland and Euclid to connect with nature and to experience native plant species long displaced from our region and to enjoy wildlife species which have disappeared.  Keep updated on this exciting project by checking the Euclid Creek website at http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/EuclidCreekFiles/EC_LacustrineRefuge.htm.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 5:17 PM, 05.04.2011

Euclid Beach cleanup season is off to a great start!

Volunteers from the Collinwood Masonic Lodge #582, a women's rugby team, General Electric employees, college and high school students and neighborhood residents came together in mid-March for the first Euclid Beach cleanup of 2011. They managed to collect an absolute hands-down record of 234 pounds of trash, over 75 pounds of which was recycled!  Thanks to those hard working volunteers who collected over 850 cigar tips, close to 200 plastic bags bottles and cans and well over 150 plastic and paper bags! The most "unique" items collected included a freezer door and a construction barrel! 

Volunteers joined forces again in mid-April to continue their clean-up efforts. But this is only the beginning of a long and active year ahead! With summer around the corner, we are going to need your help! Now more than ever join volunteers just like you this summer along with over 7,000 other volunteers across the Great Lakes as we tackle some of the toughest months of the year for beach and water quality!  Remember, our Great Lakes constitute over one-fifth of the earth's fresh surface water. Let’s at least take care of the beaches in our own community!  

For more information on the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team, e-mail Stephen Love at stephen.love20@gmail.com or call (216) 571-0685. Interested on-liners can visit the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Euclid-Beach-Adopt-a-Beach-Team/110703672309610?ref=ts.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 5:11 PM, 05.04.2011

A Call For Volunteers!-The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team!

Do you care about Lake Erie....the water we drink...our beaches and our wildlife?   Do you visit and use Euclid Beach, Villa Angela or Wild Wood State Parks? Do you care about access to quality recreational parks in your community?  

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 3:25 PM, 04.13.2011

Memorial Park Community Garden Opening Spring 2011

           The newest edition to Memorial Park will be opening this spring … Memorial Park Community Garden! (MPCG)Euclid’s newest community garden is approximately 1/3 of an acre; located on Milton Ave. off E 222nd ST. behind the jail, across from the volleyball courts.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:41 PM, 03.20.2011

Euclid Creek’s first dam removal project underway!

After five years of planning and piecing together funding, work on the Euclid Creek East Branch dam removal and stream restoration project began Oct. 18. The dam is located in the city of Euclid, south of Euclid Avenue in the Euclid Creek Metropark Reservation below the Highland Road Bridge. It is one of six dams in the Euclid Creek Watershed impeding fish and aquatic life from traveling through the watershed’s stream network. The dams in Euclid Creek range from small dams built in the old mill days to others built as part of roadway improvement projects in the 1960s.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 2:51 PM, 01.18.2011

Porous cement?

The Euclid City School District has installed a test patch of pervious concrete. This material allows water to pass through it, while retaining the strength of traditional concrete.  By allowing water to pass through, it keeps it out of our storm system and, improves water quality.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 8:30 AM, 09.11.2010

East Shore Garden Club

The East Shore Garden Club (ESGC) of Euclid will hold their eighth annual non-standard flower show and plant sale Sep. 14 at the Euclid Public Library. The hours of the show are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 8:30 AM, 09.11.2010

Good to be Green

It’s Good to be Green focuses on local, healthy and sustainable ways we can get our food, which is good for our bodies and our community.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:37 PM, 06.24.2010

Euclid’s going Green

In collaborative projects between the City Council and the Administration, Euclid is at various stages of adoption of new technologies that can save money, bring Euclid jobs and save our environment. Three areas in particular are moving forward.
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 12:45 PM, 05.20.2010