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Euclid Creek Watershed Council

Purpose

The goals of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council (ECWC) are to promote inter-jurisdictional cooperation in addressing watershed issues in the Euclid Creek watershed, including cooperation with the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator to implement the Watershed Action Plan for the Euclid Creek.

 

Background and History

In 2000, 10 municipalities in the Euclid Creek Watershed organized  informally, with the assistance of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), to form a Euclid Creek Watershed Council to address common environmental, storm water and development concerns in the Euclid Creek Watershed.

In 2001, NOACA obtained a grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Protection Fund to develop a regional storm water program model for USEPA’s Phase II program and to undertake a demonstration of the use of this model with Euclid Creek Communities. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) served as the watershed coordinator for this demonstration effort.

In 2002, the Cuyahoga SWCD obtained a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for a Watershed Coordinator position for Euclid Creek to continue the Watershed Coordinator role for Euclid Creek. Consistent with the goals of the ODNR Watershed Coordinator Program, the purposes of this agreement are a) to facilitate development of a watershed plan for the Euclid Creek, and b) to promote coordinated participation of local units of government in the development of the plan.

Other goals of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council are to a) encourage broad based-stakeholder involvement in the watershed planning process, and b) to assist the member communities of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council in complying with the Phase II storm water program.

In 2004, the ECWC established by-laws as an operational organization with governance. 

Since 2004, the program has developed a Euclid Creek Watershed Action Plan, established an annual public involvement and education program plan, and brought over $3.7 million to implement its programs and to get watershed improvement projects recommended in the Watershed Action Plan on the ground.

Euclid Creek Watershed Council:

The Euclid Creek Watershed Council is composed of the mayor of each city that participates in the Euclid Creek Watershed Council or his/her official designee.  The Watershed Coordinator is also a member of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council and serves as the Secretary.  The ECWC meets three times a year. 

Chair: Chris Vild, City of Beachwood designee for Mayor Gorden (position appointed at the first meeting of each year)
    Previous Chairs: 2003 - Mayor Gorden, Beachwood & Mayor Kocevar, South Euclid - Co-Chairs; 2004-2005 - Mayor Bill Cervenik, Euclid; 2006-2011 - Mayor Georgine Welo, South Euclid; 2012-13 - David Roche, Richmond Heights

Vice Chair: Rick Glady, City of Lyndhurst Service Director and designee for Mayor Cicero (position appointed at the first meeting of each year)
    Previous Vice Chairs: 2010 - Ed Gallagher, South Euclid; 2011 - David Roche, Richmond Heights; 2012-now - Rick Glady, Lyndhurst

Secretary: Claire Posius, Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator
    Previous Secretaries / Watershed Coordinators: 2003-2005 - Kristin Albro; 2006-2008 - Lynn Garrity

Watershed Council Committees:

Public Involvement & Public Education Committee (PIPE)
Role: Provides and plans outreach materials and activities to promote and educate residents on Euclid Creek and its stewardship.
Representatives consist of community residents and staff from each Euclid Creek community.

Meets: Three times a year

 

Technical Committee
Role: To provide and plan strategy to implement the Watershed Action Plan, TMDL and NPDES Phase II requirements on a watershed-wide collaborative basis.
Representatives consist of City Engineers, Service Directors and regional agencies.

Meets: On an as needed basis, usually 1-2 times a year

 

Volunteer Monitoring Program Committee
Role: To advise on monitoring program for the Euclid Creek watershed.
Representatives consist of local educational institutions and Friends of Euclid Creek members.

Meets: On an as needed basis, usually one time a year

Any one interested in serving on a subcommittee, please contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator or your local community.

Watershed Council Meetings:

2014 Meetings

        March 13 - hosted by City of Beachwood - Agenda - Metroparks Presentation - 2013 Program Accomplishments-ECWC - 2014 ECWC Work Plan - draft Meeting Minutes

        July 10 - hosted by City of Lyndhurst - at Cleveland Metroparks Acacia Reservation - Agenda

        October 23 - hosted by City of Highland Heights

      

2013 Meetings

        February 14 - hosted by City of Euclid - Agenda - Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center Presentation - 2012 Program Accomplishments-ECWC - Meeting Minutes

        July 25 - hosted by City of Mayfield Heights - Agenda - PIPE Program Updates - ECWC Work Plan Project Updates - Katherine Gluntz Homok, URS Mayfield Hts GI Presentation - Meeting Minutes

        October 24 - hosted by City of South Euclid - Agenda - Friends of Euclid Creek Strategic Plan Handout - PIPE Program Updates - ECWC Work Plan Project Updates - South Euclid Greenfield Community Garden Project - draft 2014 Watershed Council Work Plan - Meeting Minutes

       

2012 Meetings

        March 1 - hosted by City of Lyndhurst - Agenda - NEORSD Euclid Creek Tunnel Presentation - Program Renewal Action - Meeting Minutes

        July 12 - hosted by Cleveland, Division of Water Pollution Control - Agenda - Meeting Minutes + Tour Photos + Video

        October 25 - hosted by Mayfield Village - Agenda - City of Euclid Lakefront Plan Presentation - 2012 Work Plan Update - Meeting Minutes

       

2011 Meetings

        February 3 - hosted by City of Beachwood - Agenda - ReLEAF project presentation - Meeting Minutes

        June 16 - hosted by City of Highland Heights - Agenda - Euclid Creek Storage Tunnel presentation - Meeting Minutes

        September 22 - hosted by City of South Euclid at Sanctuary on Green - Agenda - Meeting Minutes

 

For meeting information prior to 2011, contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator at 216-524-6580x16.

 Public Involvement & Public Education Committee (PIPE):

2014 PIPE Program

Outreach Theme: Keep Your Yard Green and Our Waters Clean – Many homeowners strive for the idealized lush, green lawn. However, this perfect lawn is often achieved at the expense of water quality. It doesn’t have to be that way. Small changes in lawn care routines and landscaping practices can reduce pollution in local streams and Lake Erie while maintaining healthy lawns.
Meetings

        March 7 - hosted by City of Euclid - Agenda - 2013 Program Accomplishments-PIPE2014 Annual Work Plan - Sims Park Presentation - draft Meeting Minutes

        October 17 - hosted by Mayfield Village

Educational Materials

    Storm Water Articles

        Reimagining Your Lawn - How YOU can have a Healthy Lawn that Promotes Clean Water and Enhances Wildlife Habitat       

        Fertilizing for Clean Water - Local waterways are impacted when lawn fertilizer is applied incorrectly

    Additional Education Materials

        Green Isn't Always Good Brochure

        Green Isn't Always Good Poster

    Storm Water Poster

        Annual Poster to come out in the summer/fall of 2014

    Educational Mailing

        Mailing will be sent to 10% of Watershed Community's households related to annual theme

 

 

2013 PIPE Program (Annual Program Summary)

Outreach Theme: Taking Root for Clean Water: The Importance of Trees and Native Plants – From their rain-intercepting canopies to their soil-stabilizing roots, trees naturally manage storm water and protect water quality. Strategically inserting trees and other deep-rooted native plants into the landscape reduces polluted storm water runoff, enhances habitat for birds and pollinators and restores degraded urban and suburban soil systems.
Meetings

        February 22 - hosted by City of Lyndhurst - Agenda - 2012 Program Accomplishments-PIPE 2013 Annual Work Plan - Meeting Minutes

        June 28 - hosted by City of Highland Heights - Agenda - 2013 Outreach Updates - Cuyahoga County Board of Health Programs - Meeting Minutes

        October 4 - hosted by Cuyahoga SWCD at the Watershed Stewardship Center - Agenda - 2013 Outreach Updates - Watershed Stewardship Center Stormwater Management Features - Meeting Minutes

Educational Materials

    Storm Water Articles

        Taking Root for Conservation

        Benefits of Native Plants

        Streamside Trees: Improving Water Quality

        Why are Watersheds Important?

    Additional Education Materials

        Working Trees for Water Quality

    Storm Water Poster

        Benefits of Trees Poster

    Educational Mailing

        Mailing will be sent to 10% of Watershed Community's households related to annual theme - Taking Root for Clean Water

 

2012 PIPE Program (Annual Program Summary)

Outreach Theme: Household Habits for Healthy Waters - Clean water starts at home, and everyone can do something to prevent storm water pollution. Specific issues to be addressed throughout the year will range from landscaping practices such as rain barrels and rain gardens to choosing environmentally friendly household products and even proper pet waste management.
Meetings

        February 24 - hosted by City of Mayfield Heights - Agenda - 2011 Program Accomplishments Meeting Minutes

        June 22 - hosted by City of South Euclid - Agenda - 2012 Outreach Updates - Meeting Minutes - NEORSD Watershed Advisory Committee Policy

        October 19 - hosted by City of Beachwood - Agenda - 2012 Outreach Updates - Watershed Stewardship Presentation - draft Meeting Minutes

Educational Materials

    Storm Water Articles

        Clean Water Starts at Home

        It's Not Hard to have a Healthy Yard

        Steer Clear of Pollutants

        Storm Water

    Storm Water Poster

        Help Lake Erie - Our Source of Drinking Water!

    Educational Mailing

        Mailing sent to 10% of Watershed Community's households related to annual theme - Household Habits for Healthy Waters

     

2011 PIPE Program (Annual Program Summary)

Outreach Theme: Cuyahoga SWCD focused our outreach efforts on the theme "Steer Clear of Pollutants".  Illicit discharges to the community storm sewer system and drainage network convey pollutants such as oil, gas and other automotive fluids, soapy water and undertreated sewage directly to local rivers and lakes.  All materials disseminated to Euclid Creek communities, per their Storm Water MS4 permit requirements, related to this annual education theme.

Meetings

        February 11 - hosted by City of Euclid - Agenda - 2010 Program Accomplishments Meeting Minutes

        June 3 - hosted by Mayfield Village - Agenda - 2011 Outreach Updates Meeting Minutes

        October 21 - hosted by Richmond Heights - Agenda - 2011 Outreach Updates Meeting Minutes

Educational Materials

    Storm Water Articles

        Spring Cleaning - Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

        Car Care for Cleaner Water

        Fall Leaf CleanUp Tips

        Illegal Dumping - A serious Issue

    Storm Water Poster

        Community specific posters: Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights,

        Mayfield Village, Richmond Heights, South Euclid

    Educational Mailing

        Mailing sent to 10% of Watershed Community's households related to annual theme - Steer Clear of Pollutants brochure

    Euclid Creek Watershed Community Fact Sheets

        Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Richmond Heights, South

        Euclid

        For meeting or PIPE Program information prior to 2011, contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator at 216-524-6580x16.

 


 

EUCLID CREEK WATERSHED PROGRAM PARTNERS

 
Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator, Claire Posius Friends of Euclid Creek   Euclid Creek Watershed Council Communities
Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District P.O. Box 21384   City of Beachwood, City of Cleveland, City of Euclid,
6100 West Canal Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-0384

City of Highland Heights, City of Lyndhurst, City of Mayfield Heights,

Valley View, Ohio 44125 FriendsofEuclidCreek@gmail.com   Village of Mayfield, City of Richmond Heights, and City of South Euclid
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