Doan Brook Watershed Projects

Learn about partnership conservation and restoration projects; currently in-action, as well as completed projects with results.

North Park-Demington Green Infrastructure, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
A lot can happen in a week! In the span of seven days this last July, our green-infrastructure project at North Park and Demington in the Upper Doan Brook Gorge was installed and quickly dismantled in a “50-year storm.” 

The initial project design sought to restore 70 feet of eroded stream channel and create a wetland swale to receive 26,200 gallons of stormwater from North Park Blvd.  After plan reviews with the City of Cleveland Heights and the project funder, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), our consulting team, River Works, lined the stream with new cobles and planted the wetland swale with water-loving plants.  By July 14, the entire project was complete and ready to filter and slow stormwater received from North Park.

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Debris rack study, ongoing

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 In 1975, a concrete debris rack spanning the width of Doan Brook was installed at the western end of the Gorge, 90 feet upstream from the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Drive bridge culvert. The rack was installed after several large floods inundated downstream neighborhoods with 3-11 feet of standing water. At that time, approximately 5000 tons of trash and debris were pulled from the culverted section of Doan Brook that runs for one mile under University Circle. Read more...

Doan Brook Community Survey, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

And the Survey Says...

The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is always eager for feedback and ideas from our community. In the Spring of 2013, we surveyed our online friends for what elements of the Doan Brook watershed both inspire and concern them. The results and linked survey summary will serve as a litmus test to guide the Partnership’s work. In addition to hearing from you, we’d like to thank you. The majority of our respondents have volunteered for the Doan Brook at an event or stewardship activity in the past last year.

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Greenscout Rain Gardens at Ashbury Greenway, 2012

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bioswale at AshburyIn 2012, The Burning River Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio awarded the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership a $10,000 grant to demonstrate freshwater conservation and public education. It was one of seven grants awarded, totaling $58,000, that supported Northeast Ohio organizations and individuals working toward the sustainable future of local freshwater resources. The Partnership secured additional funding from the Shaker Lakes Garden Club, receiving their only award above $1000.  Read more...

Collaboration: East 105th Traffic Circle, ongoing

Monday, March 12, 2012

Proposed redesign for E. 105th Traffic CircleUniversity Circle is the second largest center of employment in the City of Cleveland, with exciting plans for continued growth. As development takes place, which can impact the Doan Brook and our local watershed, the DBWP is working with partner organizations to address stormwater management. An example includes input to a redesign of the E. 105th/MLK Blvd traffic circle. With technical guidance from NEORSD's Rachel Webb, the DBWP provided stormwater management concepts to the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works. Project designers were receptive and included the following green infrastructure elements into the new intersection:  Read more...

Stream Enhancement Project, ongoing

Monday, March 05, 2012

Outline of Stream Enhancement Project site The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is working with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) to enhance and restore portions of the lower Doan Brook in Rockefeller Park, between East 105th Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wade Park Avenue. Read more...

Shaker Parklands Bioswale, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

If you've walked, driven or bicycled along South Park Boulevard in Shaker Heights after a rainfall, you may have noticed standing water along the muddy edge of the road. The DBWP, with partners Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Burning River Foundation and the City of Shaker Heights, chose this site as a demonstration for a new remedy to stormwater challenges. Read more...

South Branch Corridor Expansion, 2011

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Doan Brook South Branch, Shaker School Campus In 2007, The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership completed a 400' stream restoration project on the south branch of the Doan. The project re-established the in-stream habitats that had been destroyed by channelization, entrenchment and culverting -- creating meanders, reconnecting the stream with its floodplain and establishing a narrow riparian corridor with native plants. Read more...

Lake Erie Protection Fund, 2007

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Planting at Woodbury siteA successful stream restoration project at Woodbury School in Shaker Heights was completed in 2007, thanks to a grant of $7,700 from the Lake Erie Protection Fund. The stream was denuded of a riparian corridor, entrenched and channelized upstream from the South Woodland Road bridge. The absence of a stage-two stream channel created stagnation that exacerbated eutrophication, or excessive aquatic algal blooms.  Read more...

Ohio EPA 319 Grant, 2002-2006

Friday, September 01, 2006

Benthic stream monitoringFrom 2002 - 2006, the DBWP administered $457,625 with the general goal to improve water quality in the Doan Brook watershed. $252,923 was provided through Federal (319) funds and $204,702 was granted from local match funds. Specific goals included the reduction of non-point source pollution through pollution prevention education, volunteer participation and implementation of stream restoration.  Read more...