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Friends of Euclid Creek January Update

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Little by little we are getting through these bad times. Friends of Euclid Creek has finished up the 2020 projects and onward to 2021. Please take a look at the FOEC 6 month calendar of events attached. We will publish the last six months of the year as things open up more. So looking to getting out into the community. Spring will be very busy:

Education Committee

- We are zooming every month! Hope you can join us. We have an event in January and February coming up. In March Steve McIntosh, Chair, is cooking up a really cool Zoom Trivia Contest just for you! Go here to get the details and register for events 2021 Events Registration | Friends Euclid Creek (friendsofeuclidcreek.com)

Membership Committee

- We have had some people update their memberships and some new members too! (Also some newcomers to this monthly email.) Welcome everyone! For those of you who may not want to sign up over the internet, I have attached our membership and donation forms for you.

Marketing Committee

The promised Friends of Euclid Creek podcast is finished and on our website. Natalie Keyerleber, Chair, wrote and narrated, Jim Juknialis, Marketing Chair produced it. It's great and you can also hear it on Spotify, Apple Music and other podcast sites. Natalie has agreed to do a series on watershed issues. This one is #1 Watershed Basics. Here is the link THE WATERSHED | Friends of Euclid Creek

Conservation Committee

We have had some problems in the Dusty Goldenrod Preserve in Highland Hts. with an excess of leaves going into one of the creeks. Excess leaves can poison the water and cause flooding and encourage the spread of invasive plants. Perhaps they are coming from properties adjacent to the Dusty. West Creek Conservation (property owner), Cuyahoga Soil & Water (property manager), and our Conservation Committee volunteers are investigating. Some of our members live right in that area and we are asking you to spread the word to neighbors to avoid dumping landscape materials in or near the Dusty and never into a stream. Those using landscape companies should tell them also. In addition, the committee water monitors are detecting extremely high levels of ammonium which would be caused by excess de-icers going into the streams. We all need to cut down on how much we use.

Miscellaneous

- Scholarship search is on! Please pass on the attached information to anyone who would be interested. Applications deadline is April 1, 2021.

- Congratulations to our partner Chagrin River Watershed Partners! Chagrin Watershed Partners among Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant recipients | News | news-herald.com (news-herald.com)

- We have received some really nice donations as well. The Biddle family who live out of state now sent their donation in honor of their parents, Stan and Sue Biddle. They all had enjoyed the creek when they were young. Thank you all so much!

- Join us at the 1/14, 2021, 6-8 p.m. Euclid Creek Summit Register here Join Us at the Virtual Euclid Creek Watershed Summit! (mailchi.mp) I will present on FOEC.

Environment News

- NWF January Nature News https://mailchi.mp/c3465dc04dbe/nature-scoop-january-2021

- OSU Living Landscape Series Partners for Pollinators (osu.edu)

- Equity by Design, Cleveland City Club https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMSOZ0I3m-0&feature=youtu.be

- Free topo map that includes the Euclid Creek Watershed https://store.usgs.gov/product/270317

Cool Citizen Science Things to Do:

- Measure Your Rain CoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

- Track Your Flower Buds Get Started With Budburst! | Budburst

Hope to see you at some of our zooms,

Kelly Butauski

Friends of Euclid Creek, President

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