Our Mission

The mission of the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is to:

  1. Facilitate and support conservation and restoration projects within the watershed — with an eye towards environmental justice — and document those efforts through a watershed information network.
  2. Dynamically increase public engagement and awareness of the watershed, and serve as a collective voice for the Doan Brook and its constituencies.
  3. Develop a solid organizational infrastructure in order to work toward all goals.

Our Path to Lake Erie

Doan Brook flows through Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and the Cleveland neighborhoods of Larchmere, University Circle, Glenville, and St. Clair Superior before entering into Lake Erie. The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is committed to protecting, promoting, and celebrating the Doan Brook and its watershed.

Our Vision

The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership (DBWP) celebrates the beauty and function of the Doan Brook watershed.

The culturally rich history that evolved along the Doan Brook demonstrates its important influence in shaping the character of our Northeast Ohio community. Because our watershed drains to the globally unique and valuable Lake Erie and St. Lawrence Seaway watersheds, the DBWP commits to protect and restore the Brook.

As the region works to preserve the bio-diverse, freshwater resources of Lake Erie as an underpinning of regional revitalization, the DBWP will focus on restoring ecosystem services within the Doan Brook watershed to further local sustainability goals.

The DBWP encourages watershed activities which will celebrate and quantify the Brook’s critical role in culture, economics and individual well-being. It is hoped that DBWP activities will imbue people with a sense of place, connect them to our local hydrology, and inspire them towards stewardship of abundant, clean water.

Equity & Inclusion

The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership (DBWP) Board and staff worked together and met virtually to define our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

DBWP believes that Black lives matter and that the time to end systemic racism is now.

Racism persists in our community through a legacy of redlining, disparities in health outcomes, an unjust and biased justice system, diminished and unequal educational and employment opportunities, polluted waterways, toxic soils, treeless asphalt expanses, and extreme urban heat.

DBWP takes responsibility to advance racial equity within our watershed and the communities we serve through restoring our waterways and soils, planting trees, and connecting people to the nature in our community. We commit to listen, to learn and to question actions that thwart progress toward inclusion and understanding. We also commit to reviewing our policies and best practices for diverse Board composition, hiring, and collaboration. We look forward to working together to heal Doan Brook Watershed and the communities and individuals who live within it. We invite you to dialogue with us about the change we desperately need and how we can achieve it. Please add your voice on our website’s community forum, “Voices of the Brook.”

Our Funders