Resources

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
The NEORSD is responsible for wastewater treatment facilities and interceptor sewers in the greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area. Refer to the Environment and Education and the Stormwater and Watersheds sections. See also the page on Big Creekand the Big Creek Interceptor Rehabilitation (BCI-3D) project. This interceptor conveys flows from areas of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights and Cleveland to the District's Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center.

Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan - Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization
Created in 1988 by Ohio EPA, the RAP is a 39-member committee of businesses, government agencies, community groups and individuals working together to promote restoration of the Cuyahoga and its tributaries through environmental condition improvements and pollution prevention.

NOACA (Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency)
This metropolitan planning body has responsibilities in regional water quality and watershed planning as well as air quality and transportation. Its governing board includes mayors, county commissioners and other officials; it serves the counties of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina.

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
The Commission serves as a planning and decision-making resource for the County, municipalities, regional agencies and not-for-profit corporations in such areas as land use, zoning, transportation, conservation and development. It is a good source for demographic and economic data on the region. It also promotes administrative and regulatory measures. Find information on the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative, the Greenspace Plan and the Greenprint vision, plus the Brownfields Geographic Information System. Follow the CPC Weblog for information on local planning and development developments!

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Assists municipalities with conservation of land and water in developed environments through stewardship initiatives, education programs, and technical assistance with issues such as pollution, erosion, sediment control. The CSWCD Web site features a publications section with maps and brochures and a section listing resources on the subject of Stream Resoration.

Cuyahoga County Board of Health
See the Watershed Protection programs in Environmental Health.

Cleveland Metroparks
Five miles of the main stem of Big Creek are managed by the Cleveland Metroparks. The lower Big Creek also runs through (and under) the Metroparks Zoo.

GreenCityBlueLake
Beginning in 1992 the nonprofit environmental planning organization EcoCity Cleveland promoted a "bioregional" perspective transcending political boundaries. Under the leadership of David Beach it worked to promote sustainable, environmentally-friendly urban redevelopment, and environmentally-sensitive development of outlying areas. In 2007 EcoCity Cleveland merged with The Cleveland Museum of Natural History to create a new Center for Regional Sustainability. It's a great place for news and upcoming events.

Ohio Canal Corridor
Began in 1985 as the North Cuyahoga Valley Corridor, Inc. This successful, ambitious group is involved with the historic preservation and recreational opportunities in the corridor of the historic Ohio Canal from Cleveland through Zoar to Dover/New Philadelphia. One organization goal is to extend the Towpath Trail from Lower Harvard Avenue to the lakefront. The Site includes a section on Big Creek.

CanalWay Ohio, Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor
Works with local partners toward development, renovation, and restoration of facilities and features to advance understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural aspects of the corridor. The CanalWay Ohio Scenic Byway crosses Big Creek at Pearl Road Rte. 42 Brooklyn-Brighton Bridge. Find useful maps on their site.

Countryside Program
Established as a project of the Western Reserve Resource Conservation and Development Council in 1996 to promote economically viable, environmentally sound planning practices through balancing conservation and development in the 9-county Northeast Ohio region.

Great Lakes Regional Collaboration
Launched in December, 2004, the GLRC is a partnership of stakeholders from federal, state, and local governments, tribes and other key players to develop a strategic plan that builds upon regional efforts for the restoration, protection and sustainable use of the Great Lakes. Public comment on the plan is solicited.

Northeast Ohio Watershed Council
A forum of citizen-based watershed groups in Northeast Ohio. It was formed by the Ohio Environmental Council in 2001. FOBC is a member.

West Creek Cnservancy
Neighboring watershed and model organization for FOBC. West Creek is another tributary of the Cuyahoga running through the Cleveland, Ohio suburbs of Parma, Seven Hills, Brooklyn Heights, and Independence. Since 1997 WCC has preserved over 350 acres. They successfully created the West Creek Preserve and Greenway, a 500-acre natural park and regional recreational trail network, now a Cleveland Metroparks reservation.

Rocky River Watershed Council

Friends of Euclid Creek

Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners

Friends of the Crooked River

OHIO EPA Northeast District Office

Ohio Watershed Network

Ohio Environmental Council

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society - Weeders in the Wild

Lake Erie Commission

Waterkeeper Alliance

American Rivers
Non-profit conservation organization with 40,000 members dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide.

Center for Watershed Protection
Provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with technical tools for protecting streams, lakes and rivers. "The Center has developed and disseminated a multi-disciplinary strategy to watershed protection that encompasses watershed planning, watershed restoration, stormwater management, watershed research, better site design, education and outreach, and watershed training." Lots of information on this site. Think you know a lot about watersheds? Take the quiz.

River Network
Promotes understanding, protection and restoration of rivers and their watersheds. This national organization offers consulting, publications, trainings and small grants to help raise money, build organizations, and monitor and protect rivers and watersheds. Includes a directory of state, regional, and local groups working on issues related to watershed protection and the health of streams, rivers, and estuaries. Also includes an extensive resource library.

U.S. EPA Office of Water
General information on water science and water quality. Contains a section on Watersheds with a Watershed Information Network, Watershed Academy, a discussion forum, publications and loads more information. Also home to the WATERS database (Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results) - designed to help various programs share information. Provides water-quality data, searchable by geographic region.

US EPA Region 5

Know Your Watershed

 

Good Reads

Watersheds: Processes, Assessment, and Management
by Paul A. DeBarry

The author of this textbook seeks to provide the comprehensive approach to watershed management from process to planning that he found lacking in the literature. He includes management of stormwater, floodplain, water quality, groundwater and landuse, as well as erosion & sediment pollution control and stream restoration. Attention is given to up-to-date modeling and GIS tools.

The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert
by Craig Leland Childs

You wouldn't expect a book on hydrology to be astonishing and stirring. River guide and naturalist Childs shares his treks through the Southwest and reveals the irony that the desert is all about water. His lyrical voice quietly swells with the awesome and profound beauty of the desert landscape. It's far removed from NE Ohio, but you will learn much and appreciate much about water. Echoes from his canyons will remain with you for a long time.

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
by James Howard Kunstler

Not the original voice—but a popular voice— on the topics of cities gone wrong, sprawl and soulless suburbia. This is an engaging read for the cause of a civic life. Kunstler looks back to the roots of the matter, presents case studies of rights and wrongs, and skewers a host of culprits. A broad overview of problems, their origins and potential solutions. Cheeky and provocative.

Watersheds: A Practical Handbook for Healthy Water
illustrations and original concept by Clive Dobson; text by Gregor Gilpin Beck

Good for students and general readers who want to increase their understanding of not only watersheds, but, all water courses, systems, cycles and their ultimate interconnectivity and interdependence. Very engaging and approachable.

Articles

"Technologies for urban stream restoration and watershed management," by J. Craig Fischenich, Ecosystem Management and Restoration, May 2001 [pdf]

While recognizing the social, economic and ecological value of restoring urbanized streams, the author points out the problems posed and approaches required for remediation, plus how they differ from rural stream management. A good introduction to the topic.

Stormwater Quality Benefits of Bioretention With Trees & Stormwater Quantity and Rate Control Benefits of Trees in Uncompacted Soil

Stormwater Journal

Directed to professionals, but the articles are pertinent to watershed stewardship and accessible to lay readers. Browse the issues.