The Euclid Creek Watershed Program website is part of an ongoing effort to educate residents in the Euclid Creek watershed about ways to improve this important community resource. The program is supported through the efforts of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council which includes municipal leaders within the communities of Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Richmond Heights and South Euclid, Ohio.
Your participation is essential to the future stewardship of this great watershed!
A watershed is simply the land that water flows across or under on its way to a stream, river, or lake. Our landscape is made up of many interconnected basins or watersheds. Within each watershed, all water runs to the lowest point - a stream, river, or lake. On its way, water travels over the surface and across farm fields, forest land, suburban lawns, and city streets, or it seeps into the soil and travels as ground water.
Where is the Euclid Creek watershed?
The Euclid Creek Watershed is a tributary to Lake Erie and drains an area of approximately 23 square miles from 12 communities in Cuyahoga County and Lake County, Ohio. The watershed is home to an estimated 60,000 people and has subsequently been greatly impacted by urbanization and the effects of urban runoff.
And please explore the website to learn more about the watershed impairments and ways you can get involved to help the Euclid Creek.
10 ways you can help your neighborhood creek today:
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What is a Storm Water?
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Learn more about the Cuyahoga SWCD Storm Water Public Involvement and Public Education Program - click here.