Winter 2017
Your quarterly news & updates
There are always exciting projects and events going on in our watershed! Read on to learn about what we've been up to in the last few months, and what we have planned for the next.
In the News
Written by our partners from Friends of Euclid Creek :

As clean water enthusiasts, we want to encourage you to support Cuyahoga County Council's proposal to place a 10-cent fee on plastic and paper disposable bags.
Plastic pollution is a serious problem and threatens water quality in our local creeks and streams, Lake Erie, and worldwide water resources, and is a hazard to the wildlife that depends on clean and safe waters to live. The hope is to encourage the use of reusable bags over plastic and paper disposable bags. The funds generated would be used to clean up Lake Erie and other waterways, and to help offset the cost of implementing the program.  
Please express your support by attending a County Council meeting ( meeting schedule here ) or email either County Councilwoman Sunny Simon at or County Councilman Dale Miller at - sponsors of the Ordinance. Or send a letter of support to either Councilperson to: Cuyahoga County Council; 2079 East 9th Street – 8th Floor; Cleveland, Ohio 44115. 
No thanks!
YES Please!

We had a great group cleaning up the creek in Glenwillow this August. Thank you to our volunteers!

TCWP Board of Directors and staff rooted on the Akron Rubber Ducks at a game in August.

Kate leads a rain barrel workshop at the Streetsboro Library in September.
Autumn events
TCWP has been active in our watershed communities this autumn. We've continued to work with each of our communities to understand their priorities and where we can be most effective.

This season included some of our larger events, the watershed festival and the first annual Ale Drinkers for Tinker's!

We partnered with the City of Twinsburg for a citywide clean-up day and watershed festival. Residents pulled dozens of bags of trash out of our watershed to be disposed of properly. We had two local boy scout troops placing decals on storm drains as well, if you live on one of the streets they visited, send us a picture!

TCWP secured a grant with the Cuyahoga River Restoration that allowed us to give away over 100 trees this day! If you took one home from our festival, we hope you send us a picture as the trees grow. Thank you for being such great watershed stewards!

Did you catch us out in the stream this summer? TCWP participated in stream clean up days in the watershed! These are fun, family-friendly events that get everyone out in their boots! We host stream clean ups and partner with other organizations to serve the watershed. These events bring dozens of trash bags out of the streams, reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the Cuyahoga and ultimately Lake Erie. 

TCWP partnered in the watershed next door for Gilmour Academy's "Day in the Park" where botanist Kate Chapel taught middle school students how to use a dichotomous key to identify trees on their campus. TCWP also worked with Twinsburg High School to teach students about watersheds and the ecosystem services they provide.
Have a class that would like a similar activity? Just give us a call in the office at 330-963-6243.

Girl scouts helping with the Glenwillow stream clean up
America Recycles Day
November 15, every year
Monetary donations aren't the only way to support TCWP, we can also take donations of tools and other equipment. Contact us if you're interested in donating items!
Holiday Season Membership Drive
TCWP can't effectively protect and restore habitats in the watershed without support from our communities.

This holiday season, consider making a tax-deductible gift to TCWP as part of your end of year giving. A membership is a great gift to your loved ones and your home watershed!

Your contribution makes our work possible. Anything from hosting workshops, participating community days, providing lunch for volunteers, implementing restoration projects, and buying equipment can be manifested and expanded because of your support.

If you'd like to see a workshop or project in your community, contact Kate Chapel.
Members & partners are the key to our success
Business Members
Thank you to our business members! If you own a business and would like to become a member or learn about our services to members, check out our website.

Good Nature Organic Lawn Care
Davey Resource Group
ADS (Advanced Drainage System)
Environmental Design Group
Mark Haynes Construction
Stephen Hovancsek and Associates, Inc.
inSite Advisory Group, LLC
The Shelly Company
Hop Tree Brewing Itd.
ERM (Environmental Resource Management)
Community Members
Thank you to our community members! You can learn more about our services to communities at our website.

Aurora             Reminderville
Beachwood      Streetsboro
Bedford           Twinsburg
Glenwillow       Twinsburg Township
Hudson           Valley View
Macedonia       Walton Hills
Northfield Warrensville Heights
Individual Members
Thank you to our individual members! Having a reliable base of individual members is invaluable to us. Each person really does make a difference. If you would like to become an individual member or learn about what your membership helps accomplish, check out our website.

Not ready to become a member? You can also make a one-time donation of any amount. 
Become a water quality monitor!
We've got big plans for next season in the creek! But we need your help. TCWP is starting a water quality monitoring program to collect valuable data on the health of our stream.

Volunteers would need to go to a training in the spring (March 26), or talk to Kate directly. After you've gotten some training, you can pick a site to sample! Data sheets and equipment will be provided for you.

Interested? Make sure you check next quarter's newsletter for more details, go to our event calendar for the most up-to-date information, or email Kate.

Christine Kitchens (left) and Kate Chapel (right) collect stream data in the Huron River in southeast Michigan. Kate is now the watershed coordinator for Tinker's Creek ready to collect data here!
Healthy Hemlock
Infected Hemlock
Hemlock Disease- Check your trees!
The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is an invasive pest hailing from Asia and western North America that has recently been found to be infecting hemlock trees of eastern North America.

Hemlocks are a vital part of our ecosystems, they provide habitats for wildlife species, help prevent erosion on steep banks, and are one of the most common species homeowners plant on their property due to its aesthetic appeal.

However, HWA (Hemlock Wooly Adelgid) has infested nearly one-half of all hemlocks in the native eastern range and continues to spread. This small, oval shaped brown bug feeds on the sap produced from the trees, sometimes injecting a toxin as well. This toxin causes the tree to lose needles, and it will not produce new growth, making the tree look grayish-green rather than a healthy dark green.

So what can you do?

Check your trees! If you have hemlocks on your property, inspect them for the HWA. Remove infected branches, or contact a tree service for larger work.

For the full article and more control methods, see
our website or call us.
Get involved! Check out events near you!