Organizational Overview: FOEC is a community-based watershed stewardship group, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which was formed in 2003 to support the development of the Euclid Creek Watershed Action Plan.
Goal, Vision and Mission of FOEC:
Goal: To advocate for the health of the Euclid Creek Watershed.
Vision: FOEC is the citizen voice for the Euclid Creek Watershed.
Mission: To raise awareness about and preserve the natural features of the Euclid Creek Watershed.
A Few Facts about Euclid Creek
The southern portion of Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation is the site of the abandoned village of Bluestone, which flourished in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Its inhabitants quarried the prized blue-gray stone for use in construction and in building sidewalks, some of which still remain throughout surrounding neighborhoods.
The reservation also includes stands of rare rock chestnut, part of a densely wooded environment that supports a renewed wildlife population. Some of the inhabitants making a comeback in the watershed include bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, wild turkey, coyote, beaver, red fox, and white-tailed deer.
Who are the FOEC Board Officers?
President: Ken Messinger-Rapport
Vice President: Chris Vild
Secretary: Sue Swisher
Treasurer: Christine Laskin
Directors: Paul Costanzo, Brian Gilbert, Patrick Henry, Jim Juknialis, Anna Kozlenko, Anne Roberto, and Madelon Watts.
Officers serve from July 1 to June 30 each calendar year.
Serve on a Committee or on our Board of Directors: FOEC is looking for interested individuals to serve on one of our five Committees or on the Board which meets monthly. Contact FOEC President to inquire about open positions by emailing FriendsOfEuclidCreek@gmail.com.
Board Committees: to learn more about the purpose and goals of each committee, click here. The Committees are:
Become a Member or Donate to FOEC Today! Click here for more information.
Events & Meetings:
General Watershed Events and FOEC meetings - click here and sort by "Euclid Creek"
To learn about the FOEC Scholarship Program, click here.
Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program - While we would love for you to become involved with our local watershed initiatives through Friends of Euclid Creek, a great resource for watershed training and stewardship is the Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP). Established in 2012, the Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP) is an effort to engage citizens in an array of active management projects to improve watershed conditions. WVP promotes stewardship through learning opportunities, restoration projects, and monitoring activities. For more information, go to their website here.
Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC)
P.O. Box 21384
South Euclid, Ohio 44121
FOEC Email: FOECpresident@gmail.com
Facebook Site: Like “Friends of Euclid Creek” today!
Meetings: FOEC meets the first Tuesday most months of the year and programs include educational programs, tours of restoration projects, etc. As the meetings change location and time, check the website events page, our FOEC facebook page, or sign up for our monthly emails at the bottom of the home page to confirm meeting details.
FOEC Board Statement of Support of Cuyahoga County Council Plastic/Paper Bag Fee Proposal (January 17, 2018):
As the mission of the Friends of Euclid Creek is to raise awareness about environmental issues affecting the Euclid Creek watershed and work to preserve its natural features, including Lake Erie into which the Euclid Creek flows, we take it as our responsibility to advocate for the environmental health of the watershed and the lake. In keeping with that mission and responsibility, the Friends of Euclid Creek supports the effort of the Cuyahoga County Council to find a workable policy for controlling the problem of trash and other pollutants that presently contaminate the land and streams across Cuyahoga County. In particular the Friends of Euclid Creek strongly encourages the Cuyahoga County Council to find a workable policy for reducing the pollution that results from plastic bags which have been shown to cause severe harm to aquatic life, which degrade the natural beauty of our landscapes and waterways, and which can severely impair the quality of the drinking water we draw from Lake Erie, upon which more than 4 million residents of northeast Ohio depend.