Conservation & Community
Storm Drain Stenciling
An estimated 80% of pollution in our local watershed is from non-point sources, such as stormwater runoff. Waste collected in our watershed's storm drains, including lawn chemical applications, animal feces, vehicle discharges and detergents (to name a few) is actually carried and deposited directly into the Doan Brook or Lake Erie.
Storm drain stenciling provides an easy opportunity for residents to heighten watershed awareness within our community. Using provided stencils with the message "LAKE ERIE STARTS HERE," volunteers simply paint the message on street pavement in front of storm drains within the watershed, as well as distribute informational flyers to community households. All materials and training are provided.
Join our Storm Drain campaign and help us stencil our streets this summer, 2014! Dates to be determined, or if you have a group larger than 5 people, contact us to arrange your own community stenciling date. Call 216.325.7781 for more information. We thank Cleveland Heights' Grant Deming Neighborhood Association for sharing the use of their commissioned stencil graphic.
We monitor water quality to determine the health of streams and lakes. The information gathered can tell us if our waterways are safe for fishing, swimming, boating or as a drinking water supply.
Long term and consistent monitoring is needed to develop a water-quality standard, or baseline. Using baseline data, we can examine volunteer data to learn if the water quality of the Doan Brook is getting better or worse. Stream sections may be monitored every 3-4 months to produce the most accurate samplings.
The DBWP is now forming a citizen volunteer water quality monitoring group in early 2014, with training provided through the Sierra Club Water Sentinel program, MetroParks Watershed Volunteer Program and Ohio EPA. For more information, please contact us.