You can make a difference at Huntington Beach!

Huntington Beach

Are you passionate about the health of Huntington Beach in Cleveland Metroparks and its usability for future generations? If so, be certain to attend the kick-off meeting for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant project at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Wednesday, July 27, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Anyone interested in helping with the monitoring or prevention efforts of the GLRI should plan to attend.

The grant will be explained, an activity will be provided for children, and a preliminary survey to test your knowledge about watershed protection will be given. Additional information is available at the GLRI Website at http://www.greatlakesrestoration.us. At the kick-off meeting, Bay Village and Westlake residents will have a chance to win a free rain barrel for their home.

The U.S. EPA has granted over $247,000 for the project, “A Holistic Watershed Approach to Health at Huntington Beach.” As an individual component of a national restoration effort, the project at Huntington Beach will have far-reaching effects on the health of the rest of the lake.

Through this initiative, citizens will have the opportunity to become more educated about potential pollution sources feeding into the Porter Creek watershed, which empties into the Beach, and can even participate in clean-up activities that show how an individual can make a positive difference in water quality.

The project continues through 2013, so there will be plenty of opportunities for community involvement! Future events include storm drain stenciling, measuring bacterial levels, and teacher workshops which include Project WET and a rain barrel workshop that can be utilized in the classroom.

Project WET is a nationally accredited science course book that integrates hands-on, kid friendly projects into the science curriculum. For more information please go to http://projectwet.org/use-project-wet/lesson-plans-teacher-water.

To further encourage the improvement of the health of Lake Erie, the Center will be hosting family-friendly Adopt-A-Beach events in August, September and October to record data on beach conditions. This information will be entered into a database to help improve Lake Erie’s water quality. For more information on Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s programs, please see http://www.lensc.org/education/index.htm.

Project partners include: the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland Metroparks, the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, the University of Toledo, the cities of Bay Village and Westlake, and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

For additional information on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative kick-off meeting, please contact Suzanne Krippel at 216-201-2001, ext. 1242, or skrippel@ccbh.net.

Suzanne Krippel

Suzanne Krippel is Program Manager for Environmental Health Services at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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