Grants Received 2017

Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Dominion 2017 Watershed Mini Grant Program

The nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC), in partnership with Dominion, launched a Watershed Mini Grant program to serve working watershed groups throughout the state.  TCWP received a very generous award totaling $1,500 to purchase an interactive educational tool that will be used at community events to capture individuals’ attention and raise awareness about water quality in the Tinker’s Creek watershed.

Grants Received 2016

Ohio EPA Section 319 Grant

Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, Big Creek Connects, Mill Creek Watershed Partnership, and West Creek Conservancy collaboratively received a Section 319 grant totaling $25,000.  The award will be split between the four organizations to fund updates to the Non-Point Source Pollution Implementation Strategic (NPS-IS) Plan as the watersheds transition from a Watershed Action Plan to the NPS-IS.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Dominion 2016 Watershed Mini Grant Program

The nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC), in partnership with Dominion, launched a Watershed Mini Grant program to serve working watershed groups throughout the state.  TCWP received a very generous award totaling $1,100 to host the Streetsboro Tree Steward Program:  Right Tree, Right Place to educate residents about the benefits of trees for stormwater pollution control and to plant a tree at the Streetsboro Police Station as a stormwater control measure.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Service Agreement

NEORSD entered into contract with TCWP in the amount of $35,000 to support stormwater and water quality efforts in the watershed communities.  A portion of this service agreement provided funding for the watershed coordinator and other contracted positions that helped TCWP serve our communities. This service agreement also helped fund educational outreach to public officials and collaboration efforts to conserve important land parcels.

Cuyahoga AOC Habitat Restoration Project Planning Grants Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Fund Grant
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP) was awarded a $50,000 Cuyahoga AOC Habitat Restoration Project Planning grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Funds were used to create plans for seven habitat restoration projects in the watershed.
Four projects were been identified in Hudson, Streetsboro, and Warrensville Heights based on the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Action Plan (WAP), a state endorsed document that identifies the issues in the watershed and projects to improve watershed conditions. TCWP worked with watershed communities to identify three additional projects to receive restoration planning.  This grant helped fund the following projects:  Bear Creek Continuation Project, Bedford Heights Service Department Project, Glenwillow Stream and Floodplain Wetland Restoration, Streetsboro 303 Project, and Streetsboro SR 14 Drainage Ditch Project.
Full press release can be found here.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Area Partnership (CWMA) Sub-Grantee
The U.S. EPA continued funding toward the continuation and expansion of the Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Area Partnership (CWMA) to search for and remove invasive plants within the Cuyahoga River Basin. The grant was awarded to the Cuyahoga River Restoration (formerly Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization). The project included the partnership between members of the CWMA, including Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Student Conservation Association. The project utilized the CWMA partnership to work across jurisdictional boundaries for on-the-ground eradication of invasive plants and to work with local entities to expand education and awareness of invasive plant prevention measures in the watershed. TCWP assisted with site selection in the watershed as well as education and outreach to the general public and municipalities.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Operating Support Grant
NEORSD provided $35,000 to the support the organization’s mission in 2015. A portion of this grant provided funding for the watershed coordinator and other contracted positions that helped TCWP serve our communities.  This funding also provided assistance for events such as the Watershed Festival and the Minimum Control Measure 6, Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping trainings.

KeyBank Foundation Grant
In 2015, TCWP received $500 from the KeyBank Foundation.  This Foundation provides funding to employees of KeyBank to encourage and promote employee volunteerism and giving back to the community. Daniel Svoboda, a new TCWP Board Member in 2015, helped secure this funding.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Dominion 2015 Watershed Mini-Grant Program
Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Dominion partnered to launch the Watershed Mini-Grant Program to serve working watershed groups throughout the state.  TCWP received $1,500 from this grant to help update the website to make it more user and mobile friendly.  These updates were set to be completed in 2016.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Watershed Coordinator Implementation Grant
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners was the recipient of a three‐year, $32,000 per year operating grant from ODNR, Division of Soil and Water. This grant was officially awarded and took effect on February 28, 2012. These grants are provided to local watershed organizations to employ watershed coordinators or specialists. Funding from this grant ended in February 2015.
The grant was used to fund the full‐time position of the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Coordinator, Babette Gowda (formerly Oestreicher), who was appointed in October 2011. In accordance with grant stipulations, Mrs. Gowda’s highest priority was implementing projects identified in the State of Ohio‐endorsed Tinker’s Creek Watershed Action Plan (WAP). Additionally, the grant supported outreach efforts within the 24 watershed communities that encompass Tinker’s Creek to develop and execute restoration projects.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Operating Support Grant
NEORSD provided $32,314 to the support organization’s mission in 2014. A portion of this grant provided funding for the watershed coordinator and other contracted positions that helped TCWP serve our communities.  This funding also provided assistance for events such as the Watershed Festival and the Minimum Control Measure 6, Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping trainings. This grant helped fund educational outreach to public officials and collaboration efforts to conserve important land parcels. Additionally, TCWP was able to expand the Sustainable Lawn and Ground Care Program by assisting students in Hudson, Ohio implement a targeted door to door campaign.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Watershed Coordinator Implementation Grant
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners was the recipient of a three‐year, $32,000 per year operating grant from ODNR, Division of Soil and Water. This grant was officially awarded and took effect on February 28, 2012. These grants are provided to local watershed organizations to employ watershed coordinators or specialists. The grant was used to fund the full‐time position of the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Coordinator, Babette Gowda, who was appointed in October 2011. In accordance with grant stipulations, Ms. Gowda’s highest priority was implementing projects identified in the State of Ohio‐endorsed Tinker’s Creek Watershed Action Plan (WAP). Additionally, the grant supported outreach efforts within the 24 watershed communities that encompass Tinker’s Creek to develop and execute restoration projects.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Operating Support Grant
NEORSD provided $34,000 to the support the organization’s mission in 2013. A portion of this grant provided funding for the watershed coordinator and other contracted positions that helped TCWP serve our communities. This funding also provided assistance for events such as the Watershed Festival and the Minimum Control Measure 6, Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping trainings. This grant helped fund BMP projects for our Member Communities and provided educational outreach to public officials. Additionally, TCWP was able to expand the Sustainable Lawn and Ground Care Program.

Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) Engineering Solutions Business Unit
For the second year in a row, SAIC Engineering Business Unit based out of NASA Glenn provided TCWP with a $1,000 grant to help fund the Annual Watershed Festival. This allowed TCWP to provide free booth space to local and national non-profit organizations and to aid them in their outreach and education efforts to the public.

ODNR Watershed Coordinator Grant Announcement

Ohio Department of Natural Resource (ODNR) Watershed Coordinator Implementation Grant
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners were the recipients of a three‐year, $32,000 per year operating grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Soil and Water. The grant was officially awarded and took effect on February 28, 2012.
The grant would be used to fund the full‐time position of the organization’s watershed coordinator, Babette Gowda, who was appointed in October 2011. In this role and in accordance with grant stipulations, Gowda implemented the State of Ohio‐endorsed Tinker’s Creek Watershed Action Plan. Additionally, the grant would support outreach efforts within the 24 watershed communities that encompass Tinker’s Creek to develop and execute educational programs, fundraising initiatives, and other awareness campaigns.

Burning River Foundation- Fresh Ideas for Freshwater (FIF)
In early 2012, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners were awarded $3,594 from the Burning River Foundation FIF to implement a  sustainable lawn care demonstration project at the Hudson Montessori School. The project entailed removal of invasive species, planting of native plants, and installation of two rain barrels and two composting bins.  As part of the project, the school also reduced overall chemical usage on their lawn and gardens. Project efforts were incorporated into the sixth grade curriculum and completed by July 2012.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) provided $34,000 to support organizations mission in 2011 and 2012. A portion of this funding went to help secure a watershed coordinator and other contracted positions that helped TCWP serve our communities.  This funding also helped to fund events such as the Watershed Festival, the Ohio Stormwater Conference, and the Mayors Luncheon. Additionally, funds were used for the Member Community Stormwater BMP Grant, comprehensive stormwater management ordinance review, educational outreach to the community and public officials, and to help sustain and expand the sustainable lawn care program.

Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF)
In May of 2012, OEEF awarded Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners $4,000 to implement an education signage campaign in the watershed. These signs identify the location of Tinker’s Creek and the boundaries of the watershed. The goal of the signage campaign was to raise awareness and to create a sense of place within the watershed. The project was completed May of 2013 and also included online interactive maps and a fact sheet with the location of the signage.  TCWP worked with the communities of Glenwillow, Macedonia and Streetsboro. Additional communities have signed on to the watershed signage campaign including Bedford, Oakwood, Twinsburg and Walton Hills. For more information and interactive map, visit here.

Coastal Management Assistance Grant (CMAG)
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners was awarded $21,500 from the Ohio Office of Coastal Management in 2011 to help continue and extend our efforts for community outreach and education throughout the watershed. A portion of the grant helped to fund educating watershed residents, businesses, school age children, and community decision makers on the importance of the natural resources in the area.  The grant also helped to provide educational information on ordinance modifications that support the management of stormwater, stream bank health, and wetlands, along with other valuable water resources in the watershed.  Examples of outreach include meetings with community leaders, the Mayors Luncheon, the Watershed Festival, ordinance review, creation of educational materials, and educational presentations for watershed schools and environmental groups. The goals of the grant were completed by July 2012.