Cuyahoga River Restoration

(formerly Cuyahoga River Community Planning)

Restoring, revitalizing and protecting the Cuyahoga River watershed and nearshore Lake Erie

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New riparian buffer guide helps homeowners

Woods for Waters is our new 20-page booklet that leads property owners through the process of creating riparian forest buffers for their streams.

It tells the why, what, and how to plan, plant and protect the area along the stream that filters and absorbs stormwater, provides shade, food and habitat for fish and macroinvertebrates, and keeps soil in place.

It's available online here.

If you'd like printed copies, send an email to

ACTrees/CSX grant to Cuyahoga Releaf gives 100 trees to reforest Mill Creek riparian buffer

We love our wet and wonderful volunteers!

On October 18, a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers planted 100 trees along Mill Creek on City of Cleveland conservation land in the Village of Highland Hills.

It rained, drizzled and sometimes poured, but none of that deterred our planters.

We extend our special thanks to Lou Rifici and his Tri-C students, Leila Jackson and the Watershed Stewardship Volunteer corps, the other tree-loving volunteers who came to help "just because," Jane Pierce of the Village of Highland Hills, Jamie DeRose and Jen Braman from the City of Cleveland, Chris Vild from the City of Beachwood and the Mill Creek Watershed Partnership.

And, of course, we thank our funders – Alliance for Community Trees and CSX – and donors Kurtz Brothers (for the beautiful compost and mulch) and Highland Hills for the gloves.

Metroparks opens Merwin's Wharf at Rivergate

The Columbus Road peninsula has become one of the most active, attractive spots on the river, now even more inviting with the opening of Merwin's Wharf, a full-service restaurant, at Cleveland Metroparks' Rivergate.

The restaurant and reservable private meeting room share space with the park's Outdoor Recreation program, which will be running kayak tours of the ship channel.

It's a great place to sit on the patio right at the river's edge and watch the rowers and freighters pass by. The outdoor fireplace and fire pit make it a multi-season site.

One of our goals as a river stewardship organization is to bring more people down to the river, and the Metroparks has certainly stepped up to the plate (double entendre intended) to make that happen.

Cuyahoga ReLeaf educational brochures can help you and your community

NEW! Cuyahoga ReLeaf brochures are available - and FREE!

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, we are able to offer various urban watershed forestry brochures for you to distribute.

There's one for general distribution, explaining how important healthy forests are to watersheds and stream health.

There's one for municipal and township officials and community leaders telling of the economic, health and environmental benefits of supporting healthy trees, and how to keep your urban forest working (and funded).

And there's one especially for property owners and landscapers, about the right ways to plant and mulch and keep trees growing (not necessarily how it's been done forever.)

If you'd like to help us keep healthy trees and forests working for watersheds, contact us and we'll be happy to send a supply for you to distribute in your community.


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1299 Superior Ave. E • Cleveland, OH 44114
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