ServeOhio Operational Grant
TCWP received a grant for $195,709 to host AmeriCorps members with our partners all across Northern Ohio. You can learn all about this brand new AmeriCorps program at www.tinkerscreek.org/nowcorps-program/
Dominion Watershed Mini Grant
TCWP received a generous $2,500 grant to purchase supplies needed to continue educating residents in our watershed including an EnviroScape. The Watershed Mini Grant Award Ceremony & Healthy Watershed Summit took place at the Land Conservancy’s Conservation Center. Dominion Energy and Western Reserve Land Conservancy launched the Watershed Mini Grant Program in 2015 to serve organizations working to protect and improve land around rivers, lakes and streams throughout Ohio. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than $142,000 has been awarded to 38 different watershed groups across the state.
Bingham Foundation Grant
TCWP was awarded $10,500 as part of a suite of green infrastructure projects awarded through the Central Lake Erie Basin Collaborative. Our project focused on native planting in the Aurora Shores HOA in Reminderville to capture stormwater.
Ohio Environmental Education Fund
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners was awarded $5,000 to engage school-age children in watershed stewardship and outreach programs in both classroom and informal settings, like our Watershed Festival. The Bug BioBlitz program will provide students with an introduction to biomonitoring using local aquatic macroinvertebrate populations, identified to order or family level depending on student backgrounds, as indicators of long-term water quality. Potential program implementations include: comparison of water quality in restored vs. impaired stream reaches, comparison of macroinvertebrate populations in natural vs. constructed landscapes, biodiversity and species richness studies, and more. The overarching goal of this program is to get students outdoors and exposed to different aspects of watershed science while providing a holistic understanding of how our actions affect the biology of our surrounding landscapes.
Great Lakes Restoration Grant from Ohio EPA
Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP) has been awarded a nearly $150,000 Section 319 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency with generous matching funds of $80,000 from the Bedford City School District. Funds will be used to restore instream habitat to a degraded tributary of Tinker’s Creek, plant native species along its banks, remove invasive species, create floodplain capacity to store stormwater, and mitigate flooding at the Bedford Heights Bus Garage.
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Service Agreement
NEORSD has entered into contract with TCWP in the amount of $40,000 to support stormwater and water quality efforts in the watershed communities. A portion of this service agreement will provide funding for the watershed coordinator and other contracted positions that helped TCWP serve our communities. This service agreement will also help fund educational outreach to public officials and collaboration efforts to conserve important land parcels.