Arcola Creek Watershed Signs
The Arcola Creek Watershed Landowner Outreach project was implemented in 2013 as a component of the Arcola Creek Watershed Action Plan, through a grant from the Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). It helped to kick-off a community education program in the Arcola Creek Watershed to increase the understanding of issues, provide information on solutions to improving water quality and reduce flooding and to foster a sense of pride and ownership of the Arcola Creek Watershed.
Activities included the direct mail of “Household Habits for Healthy Water” to all the households in the watershed; creating 6 full color laminated wall-sized watershed maps showing an orthophoto, the boundaries of the watershed, the relationship of the watershed to Lake Erie and the surrounding communities, Arcola Creek and its tributaries and the 100-year floodplain, which were displayed at community locations; and outdoor signage teaching about various aspects of the watershed along with 16 roadside signs indicating “Entering the Arcola Creek Watershed” and “Leaving the Arcola Creek Watershed”. A geocaching program was also created in partnership with the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau’s GeoTour.
Partners in the project included the Lake County Stormwater Management Department, Lake County Engineer’s Office, Lake Metroparks, Madison Village and the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau.