Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is a non-profit organization in Cleveland dedicated to protecting, restoring, and promoting the Doan Brook and the park lands in its watershed. We are also passionate about providing opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy their local green spaces. We host regular, guided hikes on trails around the Doan Brook, educational hikes highlighting local history and geology or teaching new skills like photography and winter tree identification, an annual fishing event in Rockefeller Park, and an annual kayaking and canoeing day on Lower Shaker Lake. Our organization also hosts stewardship activities throughout the year so area residents can contribute to the maintenance and restoration of the Brook and our local green spaces. Every year in the spring we host clean-up days along the Doan Brook and we regularly schedule additional clean-ups, storm drain stenciling days, invasive weed pulls, and tree plantings throughout the year. All are welcome to join us as we work, learn, and play throughout the Doan Brook watershed!
Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is inviting volunteers to help out with our first Storm Drain Stenciling Saturday of the year on June 5th in Cleveland from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Participants will mark curbs next to residential storm drains by stenciling the message “Lake Erie Starts Here” on pavement. Information about the signage will also be distributed to neighborhood residents. Individuals, families, and organizations such as scouts, school or church groups, neighborhood associations and service clubs are welcome to sign up.
We’ll meet in the parking lot at University Circle Inc. at 9:30 am for a quick demonstration and to distribute stenciling supplies before we head out in groups to stencil streets in the Doan Brook watershed in Cleveland. In the event of all-day inclement weather, the stenciling will take place on Sunday, June 6th, at the same time. Registration is required for complete directions and instructions.
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 run-off. These include used motor oil, litter, pet and yard waste, and fertilizers or pesticides from lawns.