Wednesday, December 20, 2006

the most severely urbanized watershed

After I posted the end-of-year fundraising email from The Friends of Big Creek over at SOL, this paragraph kept bothering me, so I wanted to share it with you. We need to reclaim and capitalize on the resources we have as part of our birthright here in this region. We need to become good stewards once again.

Big Creek, in northeast Ohio, is the third largest tributary (of 12) of the Lower Cuyahoga River draining 39 square miles. Traverses 12-miles through 7 municipalities (Cleveland, Brooklyn, Linndale, Parma, Parma Heights, Brook Park, and North Royalton). It is the most severely urbanized watershed (52% impervious). Big Creek enters the Cuyahoga River at a point 7.4 miles above the mouth of the Cuyahoga in Cleveland at Lake Erie.

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