The Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP) is an effort to engage citizens in an array of active management projects to improve watershed conditions. WVP promotes stewardship through learning opportunities, restoration projects, and monitoring activities.
Who we are
Established in 2012 with support from Ohio Environmental Education Fund, and currently in partnership with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, WVP is a Natural Resources volunteer program of the Cleveland Metroparks. As of December 2016, over 1,100 volunteers contributed 10,410 hours and 100 became Certified Watershed Stewards (see below for more on the Watershed Steward Certification). Check out our 2016 Annual Report here
for more stats.
WVP staff includes Program Coordinator Lisa Meranti, Program Assistant Megan Smith, and is overseen by Senior Natural Resources Manager Jennifer Grieser.
Start the Journey to Watershed Stewardship
What is a Certified Watershed Steward?
Our goal is to engage volunteers in watershed health by offering workshops, trainings, and monitoring/restoration projects throughout Northeast Ohio. To this end, we offer a Watershed Steward Certification for registered volunteers who participate in 7 events, with 1 event in each category - learning, restoration, and monitoring.
Where to Begin
Come to an event! See a list of public events.
Subscribe to our bi-weekly e-newsletter.
Apply with Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Services. Click here to fill out the application. Upon completing the Cleveland Metroparks volunteer process, your participation with WVP will count towards your Watershed Steward Certification and Cleveland Metroparks volunteer milestones. Learn more about the perks of being a registered CM Volunteer here.
The Work that We Do
Learning Opportunities - Workshops and presentations from water resource professionals, researchers, and volunteers
Green Infrastructure Projects - Rain garden installation and maintenance, permeable pavement monitoring
Watershed Restoration – Native seed collection and cleaning workshops, invasive plant removal, streamside and wetland restoration projects
Hydrology Studies - Streambank erosion assessment and cross-section / longitudinal profile monitoring
Stream Quality Monitoring - Macroinvertebrate and water quality monitoring
Day in the Life of Euclid Creek - hosted from headwaters to mouth of Euclid Creek in the past, moving to new watersheds in the future. A partner showcase to promote watershed health to the public; lend a hand with event logistics or educational activities
Special events team – Help promote our program, recruit new members, and share your watershed knowledge at public events
Monday MeetUps - Learn what’s up with our local watershed groups monthly; network with local watershed professionals, and link up to get more involved with different watershed group
Questions? Still not sure where to get started?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.