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Creating Urban Green Stream Corridors

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Provides reasons for restoring urban streams in Euclid OH, an inner ring suburb of Cleveland OH. Describes plans to create the Creek 5 Green Stream Corridor on Creek 5, a small Lake Erie tributary east of Cleveland. Creek 5 is an "Escarpment Run" that drains the face of the Portage Escarpment. Describes the St. Robert and Stevensons lots within the corridor. Links with other Bluestone Heights slideshare presentations on urban stream restoration in Euclid, OH.

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  • 1. Gilchrist HarborWith healthy, vibrant streams BuildingLake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGoogle Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights

2. Gilchrist HarborWith healthy, vibrant streams BuildingLake Plain Green Stream Corridors On Euclids Lake Erie plain, natural stream courses have been buried in development.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 3. Gilchrist HarborWith healthy, vibrant streams BuildingLake Plain Green Stream Corridors On Euclids Lake Erie plain, natural stream courses have been buried in development. In the twenty-first century, many developed areas are shrinking.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 4. Gilchrist HarborWith healthy, vibrant streams BuildingLake Plain Green Stream Corridors On Euclids Lake Erie plain, natural stream courses have been buried in development. In the twenty-first century, many developed areas are shrinking.With shrinkage, we can create Green Stream Corridors across lake plain neighborhoods. Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 5. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsEuclid lake plain (aerial photograph)Euclids lake plain has a dense built environment.Google Earth 2013 Bluestone Heights 6. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsEuclid lake plain (aerial photograph)Euclids lake plain has a dense built environment. Much has been graded to provide flat building platforms.Google Earth 2013 Bluestone Heights 7. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsLake Plain terrain (shaded elevation)Many stream courses have been buried in concrete culverts.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 8. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsLake Plain terrain (shaded elevation)Many stream courses have been buried in concrete culverts. The area now has few original natural features.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 9. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors (shaded elevation)Many stream courses have been buried in concrete culverts. The area now has few original natural features.Still, each streams course can be traced as a surface corridor. Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 10. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors (shaded elevation)With a century of building, corridors have built and un-built segments.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 11. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors (shaded elevation)With a century of building, corridors have built and un-built segments. Un-built segments can show subtle swales.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 12. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors (shaded elevation)With a century of building, corridors have built and un-built segments. Un-built segments can show subtle swales. With urban shrinkage, built segments are sometimes abandoned.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 13. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors (shaded elevation)With a century of building, corridors have built and un-built segments. Un-built segments can show subtle swales. With urban shrinkage, built segments are sometimes abandoned. Now is time to convert built segments to green. Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 14. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors Lake plain stream corridors are important features of Euclidian place.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 15. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors Lake plain stream corridors are important features of Euclidian place. We can transform some built corridor segments into green segments.Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 16. Lake Plain Green Stream CorridorsGreen stream corridors Lake plain stream corridors are important features of Euclidian place. We can transform some built corridor segments into green segments. Expanded green corridors can help reinvigorate local nature and provide basic ecological services. Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 17. Lake Plain Green Stream Corridors Green corridors are not open streams. Green corridors are open greenspaces above buried natural channels.Green stream corridors Lake plain stream corridors are important features of Euclidian place. We can transform some built corridor segments into green segments. Expanded green corridors can help reinvigorate local nature and provide basic ecological services. Google Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights 18. Summarizing the argument for Green Stream Corridors We haveBuried streamsReImagining ClevelandEco channels connecting the Portage Escarpment with Lake Erie Burial has eliminated eco-functions & place richness 2013 Bluestone Heights 19. Summarizing the argument for Green Stream Corridors We haveBuried streamsReImagining ClevelandEco channels connecting the Portage Escarpment with Lake Erie Burial has eliminated eco-functions & place richness We haveVacant parcels Emerging with shrinkage 2013 Bluestone Heights 20. Summarizing the argument for Green Stream Corridors We haveBuried streamsReImagining ClevelandEco channels connecting the Portage Escarpment with Lake Erie Burial has eliminated eco-functions & place richness We haveVacant parcels Emerging with urban shrinkage Lets makeGreen Stream Corridors Focus demolitions on buried stream channels Legislate to keep buried channels free of building 2013 Bluestone Heights 21. Summarizing the argument for Green Stream Corridors We haveBuried streamsReImagining ClevelandEco channels connecting the Portage Escarpment with Lake Erie Burial has eliminated eco-functions & place richness We haveVacant parcels Emerging with urban shrinkage Lets makeGreen Stream Corridors Focus demolitions on buried stream channels Legislate to keep buried channels free of building Turn vacant parcels toward ecosystem service Protect/enhance local waterways and Lake Erie 2013 Bluestone Heights 22. Re-Imagine Creek 5Green stream corridors Creek 5 Among our buried streams Creek 5 stands out as a test case for expanding a green stream corridor.Go to Creek 5 conceptsGoogle Earth USGS LiDAR railsandtrails.com 2013 Bluestone Heights