Who We Are
The Euclid Creek Watershed Program is made up of the the Euclid Creek Watershed Council, the nine communities that govern the program, Friends of Euclid Creek, the grassroots non-profit watershed group, and the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager, the program's full time staff housed at Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District.
The goals of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council are to promote inter-jurisdictional cooperation in addressing watershed issues in the Euclid Creek watershed, including cooperation with the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager to implement the Watershed Action Plan for the Euclid Creek.
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, stormwater 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 stormwater 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 Coordinator 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.
The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization which was organized in 2003 to support the development of a watershed action plan. The goal of the FOEC organization is to advocate for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed. The vision of FOEC is to serve as the citizen voice for the watershed. And the mission of FOEC is to raise awareness about and preserve the natural features of the watershed.
FOEC Organization Profile
The membership of Friends of Euclid Creek is comprised of approximately 130 citizens from nine communities located within the Euclid Creek watershed. Membership is granted via payment of annual dues. FOEC provides monthly educational meetings and/or field trips for member and friends. All meetings are open and free for the public.
A watershed program manager, retained by Cuyahoga Soil & Water District (CSWCD) manages the water conservation and education work of FOEC.
A 10-member board directs FOEC’s activities. The Board is comprised of four officers and six directors. The Board structure and responsibilities may be as follows:
Committees may develop in support of any of the above categories.
Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager
The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District houses the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager, the Program’s full time staff person who implements the Euclid Creek Watershed Action Plan and acts as the liaison between the ECWC and FOEC. The Program Manager also assists with the implementation of the public involvement and public education (PIPE) components of the NPDES Phase II of the Euclid Creek watershed.
The Program Manager’s position is funded through a Memorandum of Understanding with the nine participating Euclid Creek Watershed Council communities, as well as through an ODNR watershed coordinator grant, through FOEC’s NEORSD Operating Support grant from years past, and through considerable in-kind support of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (e.g. benefits package, office space, use of equipment and SWCD vehicles, etc.).