Friends of Euclid Creek - JULY 2021 UPDATE

Hello Friends of Euclid Creek Members and Friends!

There was no June update as we had our annual meeting via zoom. Unfortunately, we were unable to post the recording on our website.

We have exciting news! We have a new board member and treasurer! Rene Fonseca has volunteered to be Treasure! Rene is already a volunteer on the Conservation Committee. Thank you so much, Rene, for all you are doing for Friends of Euclid Creek. Paul Constanzo is leaving the board after some years. Paul is going continue to volunteer on the Conservation Committee. Thank you, Paul, for your years of service! We will miss you on the board.

Education, Steve McIntosh

I hope some of you were able to attend our July zoom presentation by Suneeti Jog, "Assessing the Health of Wetlands". The 30 friends and members that did attend really enjoyed it. It is posted on our website here: Friends of Euclid Creek: Assessing the Health of Wetlands, Suneeti Jog, Ph.D - YouTube.

August events - We may have two community events and will send you the information as soon as our attendance is approved.

September will be very busy!

9/11 - Highland Heights Community Day. FOEC and Highland Hts. Green Task Table will be together. That will be a lot of environmental information!

9/18 - Richmond Hts. Family Fall Fest. We will be there with information, prizes, raffle, who knows what Natalie Keyerleber will cook up!

9/25 - Euclid STEAM Fest. We will be demonstrating our new EnviroScape table in the Science section.

9/28 - "Healthy Watersheds, Healthy People" by Leila Jackson, NEO Regional Sewer District, Euclid Library. In-person meeting at last!!

Our new EnviroScape Education Table demonstrates how storm water runoff carries pollutants through the watershed to a pond, lake, river, bay, or ocean and the best management practices to prevent this type of pollution. If you would be interested in learning how to demonstrate it here is a demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8vv_wHdUcQ. (It's easy!) Also, if you would like to help out with our community tables, set up, tear down, hand out information any help would be so appreciated. Contact Natalie.

Conservation, Esther Trepal

We are updating our boundary markers for the Dusty Goldenrod Preserve after many years. We had to use a metal detector to find some of the old markers. It appears many were misplaced.

We have finalized a Seed Agreement with Holden Arboretum. Their staff will collect seeds of some of the rare plants in the Dusty Preserve and propagate them to be replanted or shared.

Environmental Activities and News

Greenwood Farm, Richmond Hts. - visit this little gem of a park - HOME | My Site (greenwoodfarmassoc.org)

Nature Scoop - https://mailchi.mp/d6f707853876/nature-scoop-july-2020

Nature Scoop - https://mailchi.mp/e1f703060ffe/nature-scoop-august-2021

How to reduce your plastic use - see attached

Euclid Creek Watershed Program - July 2021 Euclid Creek Updates (mailchi.mp)

Help our trees to help beneficial insects - https://www.pollinatorsnativeplants.com/softlandings.html

What is Ohio doing for the environment? - Ohio Environmental Council OEC@theOEC.org

Things are picking up environmentally! I have noticed store clerks are now willing to pack our groceries in our carry bags. Remember to take them into the store with you. There is lots of focus on reducing plastics. The statistics of plastics in the environment are frightening. Please be conscious of what you are buying. Is that item in a plastic container available in another way? Can you go to a market that has loose food with your own bag, go to bakery instead of buying goodies in a plastic box, take your own take out container when eating out? Instead of depending totally on recycling we can find ways to reduce, reuse or replace. There are lots of great ideas out there.

Stay environmental and enjoy being out in public this summer.

Kelly Butauski

Friends of Euclid Creek, President

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