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Euclid Creek

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; 2014-2017 - Mayor Gordon's appointee Chris Vild, Beachwood
  • Vice Chair: Mayor David Roche, City of Richmond Heights (position appointed at the first meeting of each year).  Previous Vice Chairs: 2010 - Ed Gallagher, South Euclid; 2011 - David Roche, Richmond Heights; 2012-2014 - Rick Glady, Lyndhurst; 2015-2017 - Mayor Roche, Richmond Heights
  • Secretary: Claire Posius, Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator.  Previous Secretaries / Watershed Coordinators: 2003-2005 - Kristin Albro; 2006-2008 - Lynn Garrity; 2008-present - Claire Posius

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: Two 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.
To learn more about the Euclid Creek Volunteer Monitoring Program, click here.

WATERSHED COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2017 MEETINGS 
February 2 - hosted by City of Mayfield Heights 
Agenda - MOU Presentation2016 ECWC Annual Work Plan Annual Report 2017 ECWC Work Plan - Draft Meeting Minutes
June 15 - hosted by City of Highland Heights
November 9 - Watershed Summit - hosted by City of Lyndhurst (5-7pm)

2016 MEETINGS - Annual Program Report
March 24 - hosted by City of South Euclid 
Agenda - Scott Hardy Ohio Sea Grant Presentation - 2015 ECWC Annual Work Plan Annual Report - 2016 ECWC Work Plan - Meeting Minutes
June 23 - hosted by City of Cleveland
- Agenda - Lynette Harmon, NRCS Presentation - Cleveland Metroparks project updates - 2016 ECWC Annual Work Plan, June Update - 2016 PIPE Committee Work Plan Update - Meeting Minutes
October 6 - Watershed Summit hosted by Mayfield Village -
 Agenda - Program Presentation - Acacia Presentation - PIPE Program Updates - ECWC Program Updates - Meeting Summary

2015 MEETINGS - Annual Program Report
March 19 - hosted by City of Euclid
- Agenda - Euclid Presentation (City Presentation on parking reductions and GI projects, WWTP Presentation) - 2014 ECWC Annual Work Plan Summary - 2015 ECWC Work Plan - Meeting Minutes
July 9 - hosted by City of Richmond HeightsAgenda - NEORSD Presentation on Stream Inventory Walks - Larick's Presentation on Greenwood Farm Geological History -  2015 Work Plan Update -2015 PIPE Program UpdateMeeting Minutes - draft
November 12 - Watershed Summit hosted by City of Beachwood - Agenda - Group Presentation - Meeting Summary

2014 MEETINGS - Annual Program Report
March 13 - hosted by City of Beachwood - Agenda - Metroparks Presentation - 2013 Program Accomplishments-ECWC - 2014 ECWC Work Plan - Meeting Minutes
July 10 - hosted by City of Lyndhurst - Agenda - Acacia Restoration Map - Work Plan Update - Meeting Minutes
October 3 - hosted by City of Highland Heights - Agenda - Euclid Presentation - Work Plan Update - draft 2015 Work PlanMeeting Minutes

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.

PIPE COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

2017 PIPE Program
Outreach Theme: Lake Erie - Don't Waste It - 
Everyone lives in a watershed and everyone lives in the Lake Erie watershed.  Because of this watershed connection, our activities at home, at school at work and throughout the community directly impact not only Lake Erie, but also our local waterways.  Promotes the reduction of stormwater pollution from pet waste, human waste (HSTS/Illicit Discharge), Household Hazardous Waste, Yard Waste and Commercial Waste (e.g., restaurant grease).
Meetings
March 10 - hosted by City of South Euclid - draft 2017 NECC PIPE Workplan
Summer Update - by email
October 9 - Watershed Summit hosted by City of Lyndhurst (5-7pm)
Educational Materials
Stormwater Articles
Stormwater Poster
Targeted Mailing

2016 PIPE Program - Annual Program Report
Outreach Theme: Lake Erie Starts Here - Everyone lives in a watershed, and in Cuyahoga County everyone lives in the Lake Erie watershed.  Because of this watershed connection, our activities at home, at school at work and throughout the community directly impact not only Lake Erie, but also our local waterways.  Outreach and involvement activities will identify this connection and provide recommendations and opportunities to make a positive watershed impact to various target audiences.  
Meetings
February 12 - hosted by City of Richmond Heights - Agenda - 2015 Program Accomplishments-PIPE - 2016 Annual Work Plan - Meeting Minutes
June Update - by email - 2016 PIPE Work Plan, June Update
October 6 - Watershed Summit hosted by Mayfield Village (5-7pm)
Educational Materials
Stormwater Articles
     Lake Erie Starts Here! - Your home is the first line of defense for the health of Lake Erie - tips to help
     Lake Erie Starts Here - Be Wise and Don't Fertilize our Great Lake
     Lake Erie Starts Here - Putting your Garden to Bed in the Fall
     Lake Erie Starts Here - Winter Watershed Protection Tips 
Additional Education Materials
Stormwater Poster - Lake Erie Starts Here
Targeted Mailing - Lake Erie Starts Here - mailing reaches 10% of Watershed communities annually

2015 PIPE Program - Annual Program Report
Outreach Theme: Honey, I Shrunk the Lawn! – In urban and suburban areas, lawns can be a significant contributor to nonpoint source pollution.  Compacted soils, short-rooted turf grass and excessive use of fertilizers and other lawn care chemicals cause lawns to generate increased amounts of runoff, nutrients, pesticides and herbicides, all of which negatively impact the health of aquatic systems.  By replacing portions of turfed, traditionally managed lawn area with native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and/or grasses, the negative impact of lawns on water quality is also reduced.  Likewise, simple changes in lawn management practices can reduce the pollution contribution from lawns.  
Meetings
March 13 - hosted by City of Cleveland
Agenda - 2014 Program Accomplishments-PIPE - 2015 Annual Work Plan - draft Meeting Minutes
July Update - by email - 2015 PIPE Work Plan July Update
November 12 - hosted by City of Beachwood - Agenda Group Presentation - Sign In Sheet
Educational Materials
Stormwater Monthly Tips
     New Year, New Lawn Attitude - January green yard tip
     Fall in Love with your Lawn - February green yard tip
     Mowing March Madness - March green yard tip
     Hop To It, Get Outside - April green yard tip
     Mother Earth - Treat Mother Right - May tip
     Give Dad a Break - June Tip
     Independence from Chemicals - July Tip
     Dogs Days of Summer - August Tip
     Don't Labor Over Your Lawn - September Tip
     Mulching Leaves Isn't a Trick.  It's a Treat for your Lawn - October Tip
     Be Thankful for a Healthy Lawn - November Tip
     Give Your Lawn the Gift of Good Health - December Tip
     Hold the Salt-and Other Watershed Protection Tips - Winter Tip
Additional Education Materials
Storm Water Poster - Shrink Your Lawn, Landscaping with Native Plants
Targeted Mailing - Shrink Your Lawn tips

2014 PIPE Program - Annual Program Report
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-PIPE - 2014 Annual Work Plan - Sims Park Presentation - Meeting Minute
Summer Update  (by email)
October 17 - hosted by Mayfield Village - Agenda - 2014 PIPE Work Plan update - draft Meeting Minutes
Educational Materials
Storm Water Articles
    Reimagining Your Lawn - How YOU can have a Healthy Lawn that Promotes Clean Water and Enhances Wildlife Habitat
    Be Wise and Don't Fertilize Lake Erie!  Ways You Can Help Prevent Toxic Algae Blooms in our Great Lake
    Yard Waste Polluting Our Waterways - Did you know that grass and leaves can harm our creeks and streams?
    Reduce Road Salt - Adopt a Low (Road) Salt Habit!  
Additional Education Materials
Green Isn't Always Good Brochure
Green Isn't Always Good Poster
Storm Water Poster - Keep Your Yard Green and Our Waters Clean
Educational Mailing - Mailing sent to 10% of Watershed Community's households related to annual theme - Keep Your Yard Green and Our Waters Clean brochure with calendar

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?

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

  • In 2011, Watershed Fact Sheets were created for each Watershed Council member community.  To find out what watersheds are in your ECWC community, or to find out what your community is doing to help its watersheds, click on the Resources tab and search for your communities' fact sheet.

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