Today is: Sunday, June 25, 2017


Watershed Planning

A watershed is defined as an area of land that drains into a common water source, such as a lake, river, or any point within a river system. A watershed action plan is a locally based, comprehensive plan for protecting and improving the health of the watershed. The plan describes the watershed’s attributes (i.e. hydrology, land use, soils) and inventories existing environmental issues and water quality impairments. Once the issues have been identified, the plan details goals and corrective and protective measures to address problem areas.

In 2009, Eastgate began developing the Yellow Creek Watershed Action Plan under the guidance of the Ohio EPA’s Appendix 8 Watershed Plan Review Checklist. Sections I through III were completed using the checklist, but the remaining sections are dependent upon the results of stream monitoring. Therefore, the draft plan will be updated once Ohio EPA stream monitoring commences in the fall of 2011.  

The development of the Yellow Creek Watershed Action Plan was led by Eastgate in partnership with the Alliance for Watershed Action and Resource Education (AWARE). The plan was financed through a contractual agreement between Eastgate and the Ohio EPA using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. 

Please click here to view contact information for others working on watershed action plans in our planning area. 


Endorsed Watershed Action Plans

Yellow Creek Watershed Action Plan

Stream Monitoring

Habitat Assessments

2012 Mill Creek Watershed Habitat Assessment 


Working with Watershed Groups                                                                    

Eastgate recognizes the importance of working with local watershed groups and their efforts to promote watershed awareness within the communities they serve.

The Alliance for Watershed Action and Resource Education-(AWARE)

AWARE serves as an alliance of stewards for the Mill Creek, Yellow Creek, and Meander Creek watersheds by preserving green space and restoring and enhancing waterways through conservation easements, education, and technical resources for the community. AWARE strives to be a proactive organization regarded as a key resource producing tangible improvements in watersheds. AWARE organizes creek sweeps, watershed festivals, and is responsible for the roadside watershed and stream signage throughout Mahoning county. Call AWARE's Stephanie Dyer at (330) 779-3800 for meeting information or e-mail your inquiries to  Additional information about AWARE can be found at

Latest News:

You Are Here– A Snap Shot of the Yellow Creek Watershed project receives $5,000 Ohio EPA Ohio Environmental Education Fund Program

Do you ever wonder how the spot you are standing in is significant to an entire community? Stakeholders of the Yellow Creek Watershed want to help community residents and school children understand the significant role they share in the location within the Yellow Creek Watershed.  On October 18, 2016 Ohio EPA’s Director Butler awarded Eastgate a $5,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) Program.  Funding for the project provides for the development, production, and placement of signs at identified locations accessible by the public and students. The educational components of each sign has the potential to impact 1,966 students (high school, middle, and elementary) and their families, residents in neighborhoods adjacent to Yellow Creek and its tributaries, approximately 5000 annual visitors to Poland Municipal Forest, and approximately 30,000 annual visitors to Yellow Creek Park!

Eastgate collaborated with Yellow Creek Watershed stakeholders Poland Township, Poland Village, Poland Local School District, Mill Creek MetroParks, Mahoning County Engineers Office to develop a project that will afford signage promoting 1) a sense of understanding and place by identifying what a watershed is and where they are located at that point within the Yellow Creek watershed, 2) a sense of responsibility in order to protect surface waters, especially the watershed's surface drinking water lakes, from nonpoint sources of pollution and 3)simple solutions ("good housekeeping measures") to help improve the watershed's water quality and protect the surface drinking water sources.  In the upcoming year, Eastgate’s environmental staff will work with the Poland Local School District’s science and multimedia teachers to produce the education and outreach materials needed for the project and rely ln Mill Creek MetroParks to develop the graphics and layout of selected content for the signs.   

The project will celebrate the natural/environmental/living learning lab experience Yellow Creek offers Poland Local school teachers and parents! This project will promote an understanding that Yellow Creek, like all surface waters, is by default an open target for many sources of pollution. Educating students, officials, and residents about the aforementioned concepts is the first step in understanding the omnipresence of nonpoint source pollution, especially bacteria and other nutrients. Each sign will conclude with suggestions for simple, best management practice each viewer can help establish within their community, publicly owned lands, and/or personal property. In the end the signage will promote personal decision making and responsibility for water quality improvement.