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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 Program Manager 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, 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 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 Program Manager 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 Horwitz (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; 2014-2018 - Mayor Horwitz' 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; 2015-2018 - Mayor Roche, Richmond Heights
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Hiser, Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager.  Previous Secretaries / Watershed Coordinators: 2003-2005 - Kristin Albro; 2006-2008 - Lynn Garrity; 2008-2018 - 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:

2018 MEETINGS 
April 5 - hosted by City of Richmond Heights
- Agenda - Larick Presentation2017 ECWC Annual Work Plan Annual Report 2018 ECWC Work Plan - Meeting Minutes
July 26 - hosted by City of South Euclid - Agenda - Orlando Presentation - Annual Work Plan Update Report - PIPE Work Plan Update - Meeting Minutes
October 18 - hosted by City of Euclid - combined Watershed Summit and Cuyahoga SWCD Annual Meeting

2017 MEETINGS 
February 2 - hosted by City of Mayfield Heights 
Agenda - MOU Presentation2016 ECWC Annual Work Plan Annual Report 2017 ECWC Work Plan - Meeting Minutes
June 15 - hosted by City of Highland Heights - Agenda - Tree Canopy Presentation (species list,  - 2017 ECWC Work Plan June Update - Draft Meeting Minutes
November 9 - Watershed Summit - hosted by City of Lyndhurst - 
Agenda - Program Presentation - PIPE Program Updates - ECWC Updates - Meeting Summary

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

For meeting information prior to 2016, contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager at 216-524-6580x1002.

PIPE COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

2018 PIPE Program
Outreach Theme: On the Road to Clean Water – Everyone lives in a watershed, and in Cuyahoga County everyone lives in the Lake Erie watershed.  Because of this watershed connection, our activities on and around our roadways – from how we maintain our cars and boats, to how we keep paved surfaces safe in winter - directly impact our local waterways and Lake Erie.  

Meetings
January 30 - hosted by City of Mayfield Heights
- Agenda2018 PIPE Work Plandraft meeting minutes
Summer Update -
 by email
October 18 -
Watershed Summit & Cuyahoga SWCD Annual Meetinghosted by City of Euclid
Educational Materials
Stormwater Articles
Stormwater Poster
Targeted Mailings
     This Winter Use the Right S.A.L.T
     Don't Be a Litter Butt
     A Day at the Beach
     Don't be a Drip - Fix that Leak

2017 PIPE Program - Annual Program Report
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 - 2017 NECC PIPE Work Plan, Meeting minutes
Summer Update - by email - July Work Plan Update
October 9 - Watershed Summit hosted by City of Lyndhurst (5-7pm)
Educational Materials
Stormwater Articles
     Don't Poop Up the Water
     Illegal Dumping Brochure
     Proper Disposal of Yard Waste
     Household Hazardous Waste    
Stormwater Poster - Lake Erie: Don't Waste It!
Targeted Mailings
     Pet Owners - Let them pick up sticks - You pick up their waste
     Restaurant Owners Mailing
     Septic System Owners Mailing - Failing Septic Systems Pollute our Water  
     Illegal Dumping Brochure
     Commercial Property Owners Brochure - What's Your Runoff Footprint 

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

For meeting or PIPE Program information prior to 2016, contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager at 216-524-6580x1002.