May 17

30 events • 19 locations

download the schedule and plan for a great day!

Mill Creek Partners Dig Kerruish Park

A little snow wasn't going to stop Cleveland City Forester Jennifer Braman, city service and Parks and Rec crews, Mrs. Johnson and the Kerruish Park neighborhood group, and Whitney Young school students and teachers from planting a new tree buffer along a stream leading to Mill Creek.

See more of the story, and all about the fall Cuyahoga ReLeaf restoration planting projects...

Champions of the River Awards were presented on September 19, while cruising the ship channel on the Goodtime III,viewing new restoration projects and watching crews preparing for the Head of the Cuyahoga races to be held on the following day.

The worthy award recipients, honored for their commitment and contributions to the restoration of the Cuyahoga, included
Elaine Marsh, Friends of the Crooked River
Virginia Aveni, founding trustee of the RAP and Friends of Euclid Creek
John Debo, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and
the City of Cuyahoga Falls.

Congratulations to the Mill Creek Watershed Partnership, officially announced at the Symposium.

Official partners to date include Cleveland, Garfield Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, North Randall, Highland Hills, Harvard Community Services Center, Union Miles Development Corp. and Slavic Village Development, along with support team members from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, NEORSD, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, West Creek Conservancy, and the RAP.

State of the River 2013 Presentations
are now available for download!
See what you missed.

Independence SWIF project shows how neighborhood-based stormwater management can make a difference.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded The City of Independence a Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) Grant in the amount of $72,850 to improve the Dalepoint Road cul-de-sac. The funding will cover the cost of installing 3,700 square feet of porous concrete pavement that will promote the infiltration of stormwater runoff into the ground rather than be piped directly to a nearby watercourse.  The project will also include a specially designed bioretention cell that will treat runoff from the street during significant rain events, and will also serve to remove pollutants from snowpile meltwater during winter months.  Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of Summer 2013.  The project is managed by Chris Hartman of Chagrin Valley Engineering.

NEW! Cuyahoga ReLeaf brochures and posters are available - and FREE!

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, we are able to offer vast quantities of various urban watershed forestry brochures, and posters, too.

There's one for general distribution, explaining how important healthy forests are to watersheds and stream health.

There's one for municipal and township officials and community leaders telling of the economic, health and environmental benefits of supporting healthy trees, and how to keep your urban forest working (and funded).

And there's one especially for property owners and landscapers, about the right ways to plant and mulch and keep trees growing (not necessarily how it's been done forever.)

If you'd like to help us keep healthy trees and forests working for watersheds, contact us and we'll be happy to send a supply for you to distribute in your community.

You can download pdfs and see what they look like at our Cuyahoga ReLeaf webpage.


Cleveland Metroparks to manage lakefront parks...and conserve 155 acres of Euclid Creek watershed, too.

Six lakefront parks, over 400 acres stretching 14 miles along Lake Erie, will be managed by Cleveland Metroparks, at least for the next 99 years. The City of Cleveland turned over control, and $14 million in state funding, to the park system, who will use the funds to restore and improve park facilities to Metroparks standards.

The properties include Edgewater Park, the East 55th St. Marina, and Gordon, Villa Angela, Euclid Beach and Wildwood parks. Lakefront beaches present new challenges to the park system, and Director Brian Zimmerman has committed to making them clean and safe, not only in terms of aesthetics but also in terms of bacteria levels that rise after storm events.

While Wildwood sits at the mouth of Euclid Creek, the Metroparks' new Acacia Reservation will conserve 155 acres in Lyndhurst, at Cedar and Richmond Roads near the south headwaters of the same watershed. The purchase of the golf club by The Conservation Fund, a national organization, and its subsequent donation to the Metroparks, grows what Zimmerman calls an "inner Emerald Necklace" and supports its Euclid Creek Reservation, the only Metropark property serving east side suburbs.


It was as much a reclamation as a riparian restoration (lots of rocky soils) but our fantastic volunteers (170 of them!) planted, mulched and watered more than 150 trees.

Check out our ReLeaf page and see more photos at the Cuyahoga Releaf facebook page.

Thanks, all!

Hudson High has a new land lab as students, teachers and watershed partners bring a stream back to life.

After years of planning, the restoration of the stream at Hudson High School is complete. Thanks to partners including the City of Hudson, the school district, dedicated teachers and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, students won't have to go far to learn about the science of streams.

Click the pic for a Quicktime slide show of the dedication.

Check out more pics at the Nine Mile Creek web page.


Only four years after retrofitting a traditional stormwater retention basin in South Euclid to a bioretention basin with a series of ponds and weirs and native plantings, the site is a phenomenal, and absolutely beautiful, success.

Studies of water quality by John Carroll students have documented that the water going out is significantly cleaner than what comes in.

The new habitat is rich in wildlife, as small as the zillion grasshoppers, bees and butterflies and as large as the coyote and deer that visit to dine.

The public can view the area from a deck overlook at Green Road across from Notre Dame College, or while enjoying tea and lunch at an outdoor table at Koehn Scuptors' Sanctuary on Green. It's a great example of how green infrastructure can not only enrich a community's natural space but can provide economic development benefits as well.

Here's what that space looked like before the restoration:

We are proud to announce that CRCPO has received an
OUTSTANDING PROJECT 2012 AWARD for Watershed Stewardship Training from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund
for our Building Better Watersheds program.

The program brought together community leaders, officials and interested parties to train them in Balanced Growth principles, and provided hands-on training in identifying watershed functions and tying them to land use planning.

Kudos to the Cuyahoga County Public Library for installing bioswales throughout the parking lot at their new Warrensville Heights library branch. Go see them, and while you're there take a look at the proper way to mulch a tree.

THANKS to all who helped plant a new riparian buffer for Stickney Creek!

Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 1640, Jim Gazda and his Rhodes High students, Friends of Big Creek, Mayor Balbier and City Council and service department of Brooklyn and many other volunteers, we planted more than 120 trees and shrubs - buckeyes, birch and beech, oaks and maples, redbuds, dogwoods, sycamore and more. Thanks also to Urban Forester Alan Siewert and arborist Jen Braman for their expertise. And, of course, thanks to our funders and donors: Great Lakes Restoration, U.S. Forest Service, ODNR Division of Forestry, the City of Brooklyn, Darden Restaurants and Axent Graphics.

See more pics at our Cuyahoga River Community Planning Facebook gallery.

Ohio Lake Erie Commission endorses
Furnace Run Balanced Growth Watershed Plan

On March 21, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission gave its unanimous approval of the Furnace Run plan, developed by the Furnace Run Watershed Planning Partnership with the support of CRCPO.

The Partnership includes Richfield Village, Richfield Township, Bath Township, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Falls and Boston Township, Metro Parks Serving Summit County and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The communities worked together to identify Priority Conservation, Development and Agricultural Areas in the watershed, to inform and direct land use decisions in the watershed communities. State endorsement makes these communities eligible for various financial incentives and assistance from a range of state agencies and programs.

Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (aka Dike 14) now open every day, dawn to dusk

FEBRUARY 6, 2012 – The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority officially opened the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve today,
providing public access to a unique 88-acre urban wildlife habitat.

The Preserve is a man-made peninsula on the Lake Erie shoreline and a haven for a variety of migratory birds, butterflies and animals. Located at the northern end of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Cleveland’s East Side, at the mouth of Doan Brook, it is open during daylight hours and provides one-of-a-kind recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults. Admission is free.

NEW in our Watershed Strategies Resource Library:

A Guide to Recognizing its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits
(download 16M pdf) from Center for Neighborhood Technology and American Rivers.

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT This is where the Cuyahoga is born. Visit Burton Wetlands, put in your canoe or kayak at Eldon Russell Park, or hike the Headwaters Park.
Check out the Schedule of Events!


Get Out!
Download the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Event Schedule
'cause there's a lot happening in the Valley where the river lives.

CLEVELAND METROPARKS Cleveland Metroparks reservations are home to many tributaries of the Cuyahoga: Big Creek (the Zoo,) West Creek, Chippewa Creek (Brecksville Reservation,) Tinkers Creek (Bedford Reservation,) Garfield Park (Mill Creek.) Euclid Creek, part of the RAP Area of Concern, runs through the Euclid Creek Reservation. And the Chagrin and Rocky Rivers are at the hearts of their own Metroparks Reservations.

Click here for a calendar of activities.

PORTAGE PARKS Visit the Portage County Park District for fun activities,
check out the beavers at Towner's Woods, and hike the new Seneca Ponds Park in Tinkers Creek watershed.

Visit on the web at
Enjoy the sounds of nature!

METROPARKS SERVING SUMMIT COUNTY Summit Metroparks is home to Furnace Run and Sand Run, as well as Gorge MetroPark, one of the liveliest and loveliest stretches of the Cuyahoga.
Click for the Activities Calendar.

See the Plain Dealer's Year of the River series at

NEW! Download the City of Chicago GREEN ALLEYS HANDBOOK (3.7M pdf) and learn how permeable paving can work for your community.

Visit the online library of resources for more ideas, strategies and models of watershed stewardship.



This is the introduction and overview. Detailed information for each tributary watershed will be posted as individual chapters in the weeks to come.

The goal of this project is A ranking model has been developed to assist in identifying the “top wetland sites” in each tributary watershed of the Cuyahoga River AOC. By identifying wetland sites, this project will help expedite and focus efforts to meet mitigation needs, as well as make the best use of other public or private funding sources.

Increasing urbanization continues to degrade or eliminate wetlands. This study was undertaken to find out exactly where and how many of these natural storm water storage, water filtration and biohabitat features are left, and to evaluate their quality and ability to function.

Click here to go to the Wetlands page, where you can read the summary and/or download the entire report.

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The Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization (CRCPO)
is host to the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and
the Cuyahoga American Heritage River Initiative.

We work with partners, stakeholders and communities
in five Northeast Ohio counties to restore and revitalize the
Cuyahoga River Watershed and Areas Of Concern, and
to improve water quality in the watershed and Lake Erie.

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