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Willoughby Hills - Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Stream Restoration Project

The Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Stream Restoration Project is located in the City of Willoughby Hills in Lake County in the Euclid Creek Watershed at the headwaters of the East Branch of Euclid Creek. This tributary is wooded, which is a rarity in our highly developed, urban watershed characterized by degraded habitat and polluted stormwater runoff.

The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District received a $156,462 grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 Grant Program to conduct the restoration project October of 2017. The grant requires a local match of 40% which is committed by the City of Willoughby Hills through their Lake County Stormwater Management Program Funds, up to $104,000, and by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), up to $50,000. The restoration provides an opportunity for students at the School of Innovation to be involved in a restoration project from the planning stage through to implementing the long term monitoring and maintenance of the restored segment of Euclid Creek.

Project Status:
To date, through NEORSD matching project funds, CSWCD hired local consultant, the Environmental Design Group to serve as the criteria engineer and construction oversight manager. They will assist the Watershed Program Manager at CSWCD in developing the RFQ to hire the design-build contractor who will construct the project this fall (2018). They will also oversee construction once the project begins.

On April 13, the Request for Qualifications for the restoration project was issued. See details here.

Project Partners/Technical Committee:
City of Willoughby Hills
Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District
First Energy
Friends of Euclid Creek
Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Stormwater Management Department
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools

To see the project fact sheet, click here.
To see the detailed concept plan designed by Biohabitats, Inc. through a Cuyahoga Area of Concern (AOC) Habitat Restoration Project Planning grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) in 2015, click here.