Doan Brook volunteers needed for storm drain stenciling Sept. 7

Michaela Williamson, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership intern, holds one of the stencils volunteers will use to mark storm drains that feed into Doan Brook.

The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership (DBWP) seeks volunteers to take part in its next "Storm Drain Stenciling Saturday" on Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Volunteers will mark curbs next to residential storm drains in Cleveland Heights or Shaker Heights with the waterproof message, “Lake Erie starts here.” This will serve as a reminder to the residents of these communities that their actions can impact the water quality of the Doan Brook and Lake Erie.

Doan Brook runs eight miles from Shaker Heights through Cleveland Heights and University Circle to Lake Erie. Most of the stormwater runoff that enters Doan Brook is not treated before it reaches Lake Erie. The stormwater runoff often contains motor oil, litter, pet and yard waste, and fertilizers and pesticides.

These pollutants are a large factor in increased algae blooms and ecosystem damage to Lake Erie. DBWP began this program because of the high number of contaminants in Doan Brook and Lake Erie. Storm Drain Stenciling Saturdays are one of the programs the group offers to improve the health of local watersheds.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Mary Ryan at 216-321-5935 (ext. 244) or 

Kim Sergio Inglis

Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.

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