Fresh water resources represent an invaluable local asset that has shaped Cleveland’s identity, both in the way that the city has perceived itself and how it has been recognized outside the region. The SC2019 Year of Clean Water was celebrated in 2015. During this year, people connected to their water resources in order to restore, conserve and protect this valuable asset.
While Cleveland’s location on Lake Erie – the 12th largest body of fresh water in the world – provides Cleveland with a distinct comparative advantage, the city’s reputation has also been blemished by the historic Cuyahoga River ﬁre in 1969 that resulted from excessive levels of pollution caused by heavy manufacturing and industrial contamination. Cleveland has the responsibility to protect the 128 trillion gallons of fresh water directly off its shores in order to maintain the city’s water supply and ensure that its residents will have clean and readily available water resources for generations to come, but it also has the opportunity to leverage this invaluable asset as a driver of sustainable economic growth and prosperity for the local economy.
Highlights from the Year of Clean Water
1: The Year of Clean Water Working Group
In collaboration with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Cleveland Water Alliance facilitated the 2015 Year of Clean Water Working Group as part of Sustainable Cleveland 2019. This working group elevated the conversation around clean and abundant freshwater as a regional asset, forged collaborations among partners to collectively implement water education and outreach projects, and promoted the multitude of watershed and water-related organizations, programs, and events throughout Northeast Ohio. This working group boasted 60 organizations and over 200 participants. See here for a comprehensive list of YOCW accomplishments from our many partners.
2: Pledge to Reduce/Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles
One of the collaborative projects initiated by the Year of Clean Water Working Group was a Pledge to Reduce/Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles at events and meetings. Click here for more information and sign this pledge and help promote Cleveland’s tap water at your events and reduce waste.
3: Clean Water Tour and Sweepstakes
From January through October 2015, Year of Clean Water partner organizations hosted a series of fun, family-friendly, and educational events that highlighted local efforts to keep our water drinkable, swimmable, and fishable. Attendees to any of the listed events entered a raffle drawing for a chance to win the grand prize or one of many family fun prize packages. The grand prize was donated by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and was a two-night getaway stay in the Stanford House. The raffle drawings were held at the SC2019 quarterly meeting held on December 9th at Rustbelt Reclamation.
See the SC2019 Year of Clean Water videos and presentations from the Year of Clean Water PechaKucha here. More videos coming soon!
The Year of Clean Water Kickoff was held on January 23rd, 2015.