Doan Brook seeks volunteers for Sept. 5 storm drain stenciling
The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership (DBWP) is looking for volunteers to help “paint the town” on Saturday, Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Cleveland Heights. This will be nonprofit organization's final Storm Drain Stenciling Saturday, for this year.
Volunteers are needed to help mark curbs next to residential storm drains with the stenciled message “Lake Erie Starts Here," and to distribute information about the signage to neighborhood residents.
On Sept. 5, participants will meet at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd., for a short stenciling demonstration and to pick up needed supplies and street assignments. Refreshments will also be provided.
The storm drain stenciling program was initiated because of the high amount of contaminants that flow into the Doan Brook and, subsequently, Lake Erie, from storm runoff. These contaminants include used motor oil, litter, pet and yard waste, and fertilizers and pesticides from lawns.
Doan Brook runs for eight miles, from Shaker Heights through Cleveland Heights and University Circle to Lake Erie. Most storm runoff does not pass through the sanitary sewer system, and does not receive any kind of treatment. Polluted runoff is a major cause of algae blooms and other ecosystem damage.
Storm Drain Stenciling Saturdays are one of several initiatives offered by the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership to help improve the health of local waters, with support from the cities of Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and Cleveland. Individuals, families and organizations, such as scouts, school or church groups, neighborhood associations and service clubs, are invited to sign up to help. Large volunteer groups may inquire about alternate dates. For more information or to register, call 216-325-7781 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is a multi-stakeholder, nonprofit organization with broad participation from the cities of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights. Its mission is to protect and restore the Doan Brook and its watershed through collaboration and sharing of resources.
Graham Welling is on the staff of Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.