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YOU can be a Watershed Champion!

This year we have started a new campaign to spread the news about things you can do to help restore the Rocky River and Euclid Creek watersheds! We are asking you to Take Action: In Your Yard, By Your Backyard Streams, and In Your Community to benefit the Rocky River, Euclid Creek and their tributaries.

Based on the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Habitat Stewards and other similar programs, residents, businesses and other landowners in these watersheds can pledge to take watershed-friendly actions in your yard and in your community to become a Rocky River or Euclid Creek Watershed Champion. Participants who pledge to take at least three actions in their yard and at least one action in their community will earn their very own Watershed Champion sign for display in their yards! The signs measure 8" x 8" and come with a metal stake for installation.

The pledge form for Euclid Creek Watershed Champions can be filled out online here, or you can request a paper form by emailing ehiser@cuyahogaswcd.org.

The pledge form for Rocky River Watershed Champions can be filled out online here, or you can request a paper form by emailing jbartley@cuyahogaswcd.org.

Don't live in the Rocky River or Euclid Creek Watersheds, but want to be a Watershed Champion? Stay tuned! We are working on developing the program in additional watersheds.

Eligible actions include:

IN YOUR YARD

  • Shrink your lawn- use native plants, shrubs and trees instead!
  • Remove non-native, invasive shrubs and plants!
  • Replace non-native shrubs and flowers with natives to provide food and habitat for wildlife.
  • Leave your leaves: compost, mulch, or use in garden beds
  • Save water by not watering your lawn and collecting rainwater for your garden.
  • Reduce pollution of air and noise by mowing with non-gasoline powered tools.
  • Keep chemicals out of waterways-
  • - Wash your car on the lawn or at the car wash
  • - Only fertilize after a soil test- and use organic fertilizers when you must
  • - Spot treat with pesticides only when a problem is found.
  • Slow down stormwater with a Rain Garden or Rain Barrels, or permeable driveways.
  • Inspect and Maintain your septic system regularly.
  • Leave a buffer of vegetation along your stream- don’t mow to the edge of the waterway.
  • Cover edges and bare banks with native groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and flowers.
  • Keep clippings out of the stream- never dump grass or leaves in the creek.

IN YOUR COMMUNITY

  • Become a member of Rocky River Watershed Council (RRWC) or Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC)!
  • Tell your neighbors what you are doing for the Rocky or Euclid Creek!
  • Display your watershed champion sign proudly!
  • Tell your city or township hall what you are doing as a champion.
  • Lobby your Home Owners Association to use better practices.
  • Volunteer at RRWC and FOEC stream clean-ups and other activities!

Blog Author: Jared Bartley, Rocky River Watershed Program Manager

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