Expand Your Watershed Journey

How's Lake Erie

Lake Erie is a dynamic body of water and conditions can change quickly, especially after storm events. Learn more with info provided by ODNR here.

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, blooms under specific condition (shallow fresh water, warm temperatures, sunlight, and excess phosphorous and nitrogen). Here are some resources to learn more about HABs, summer predictions, and monitoring data:


Aquatic macroinvertebrates can tell us about water quality. Here are some helpful websites for learning how to identify them:





Various pdfs of identification keys and guides can be found here.

Aquatic Invasive Species Field Guide

The Ohio Sea Grant, The Ohio State University, and the ODNR Division of Wildlife have developed a new publication entitled “Ohio Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species.” This guide is intended to be used as an early detection tool and includes aquatic plants, invertebrates and fish that are well established, early in their invasion, or yet to be detected in Ohio. An online version of the guide can be found at: http://ohiodnr.gov/ais.

The Watershed Book

This book written by Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization is a great resource for learning all about what a watershed is and how to help maintain a healthy system.

Streamside Stewardship- Guide for Property Owners

Does the stream on your property to Lake Erie, a main source of Northeast Ohio's drinking water? Your actions on the land can either help or hurt our waterways. This guide, produced by the Central Lake Erie Basin Collaborative and funded by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, helps you to be aware of how you use your property, so it does not negatively impact the quality of the water or cause problems for you or your downstream neighbors.

Greenprint Training – Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

To help users to get started with the new Greenprint tools, County Planning provides training sessions, offering both hands-on workshops and online video recordings. For details, click here.

Understanding Watersheds - Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Locate your watershed, download the rain garden manual, contact a Watershed Team Leader, and more at the NEORSD watershed resource page.

A Second Life for Trees in Lakes: As Useful in Water as They Were on Land

Written by Michael A. Bozek, this informative pdf highlights the usefulness of riparian trees as aquatic habitats. A great resource for those interested in how trees affect fish habitats.


Metroparks Volunteers Become Professional Scientists

"I had no idea that I could actually be a part of science" - Citizen Scientist Sue Engle. Sue Engle and Nicole Velez search for bugs in a stream at the West Creek Reservation in Parma. The bugs indicate the health of the stream - which feeds into Lke Erie. Both Sue and Nicole used their volunteer work at the Metroparks to transition into careers in science.

Earthworm Presentation

Did you know all earthworms in Northeast Ohio are an invasive species? View this presentation done by Cleveland Metroparks' Nidia Argueda. To learn more, click here.

Earthworm PPT.pdf


Check out these videos, share them, and help spread the stewardship message of what you can do to be a #NEOwatersteward.

2018 State of the Great Lakes at the City Club of Cleveland on Aug 14 with Dr. Sherri Mason

Cuyahoga River's Recovery Since 1969 Fire Documented in Ohio EPA Film

Green Infrastructure

Pollution Remediation from Chesapeak STEM- click here

Rain Garden info from East Fishkill, NY- click here

Rain Garden Manual by Northeast Ohio Public Involvement Public Education (NEO PIPE) Committee - click here

Maintaining Stormwater Control Measures: Guidance for Private Owners & Operators - click here

Green Roofs Info

Check out the newly sprouted webpage, Using Green Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands! The Heat Island Reduction Program recently enhanced the green roofs webpage to include new research, information on the co-benefits and costs of green roofs, and the difference between green roofs and cool roofs. The page also has updated graphics and a photo gallery of projects.


Check out these videos, share them, and help spread the stewardship message of what you can do to be a #NEOwatersteward.


Interest in recreation within the Cuyahoga River shipping channel has been growing. Rowers, kayakers, paddleboarders, boaters, jet skis, and 1,000-foot freighters all try navigating the twisty waterway.

The new volunteer Cuyahoga River Ambassador Program will patrol the Cuyahoga this summer in kayaks and paddleboards to help keep people safe. The Cleveland Metroparks, Nalu Paddle & Surf, the Foundry and Phastar Corp. are organizing the program. To learn how you can help, contact Drew Ferguson at dferguson@phastar.org to volunteer.

Get some safety tips for you and friends, so you know before you go paddling on the Cuyahoga River: