Published on March 28, 2014
Upper West Creek Northeast Ohio Sierra Club Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Sunday, June 1, 2014 2-5 pm Looking south to Upper West Creek on the Parma Highland Headwaters walking tour Join us to comprehend the Glacial Legacy © 2014 Bluestone Heights Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek present USGS LiDAR; Google Earth aerial viewer RSVP info in last slide RSVP info in last slide
West Creek is a success story in urban stream revitalization. In 1997, local residents formed one of the region’s first watershed advocacy groups. During the 2000s, the West Creek Conservancy helped establish the 375-acre Metroparks reservation and helped implement significant stream recovery projects. Opened in 2013, the Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center is the current West Creek milestone. Many Clevelanders therefore know West Creek as an urban stream sustained with forward- thinking conservation practices. © 2014 Bluestone Heights West Creek Conservancy West Creek Conservancy
The glacial headwaters walking tour is the chance to extend our knowledge back to the stream’s formative period, 23,000 to 14,000 years ago. The Headwaters Tour brings in the expertise of Roy Larick (Bluestone Heights) Jessica Ferrato (Sierra Club) Jenn Greiser (Watershed Stewardship Center) Combining resources, the three unveil a West Creek landscape in long and short term change. J.H. Burns CWRU
Upper West Creek Lower West Creek Parma Highland Upper West Creek is well placed for viewing the effects of the late Ice Age. The stream drains the front of the Parma highland, a bedrock massif lying between the Cuyahoga and Rocky River valleys. South
A B © 2014 Bluestone Heights Upper West Creek Lower West Creek Parma Highland The highland is capped by the Sharon Sandstone. West Creek headwaters arise above the Sharon. Below, the Berea Sandstone forms a broader terrace. North
Berea Sandstone Cuyahoga group Cleveland Shale Sharon Sandstone ~1190’ asl Chagrin Shale Appalachian Highlands Central LowlandsPortage Escarpment Lake Erie Basin Cuyahoga R. De Kalb clay 600’ asl W Pleasant Valley Rd Vertical scale exaggerated Parma Highland geo-section moraine floodplain Upper West Creek Lower West Creek R’side at B’view Schaaf Rd Headwater Tour The highland is capped by the Sharon Sandstone. West Creek headwaters arise above the Sharon. A B © 2014 Bluestone Heights
The highland was one of the last Greater Cleveland areas to be covered by Erie ice and one of the first to see it leave. Glacial effects are well preserved. Upper West Creek Lower West Creek © 2014 Bluestone Heights Parma Highland North
By 23,000 years ago, glacial ice was advancing up the Cuyahoga and Rocky River Valleys. © 2014 Bluestone Heights Parma Highland North
Soon after, ice pushed soft rubble up a small pre-glacial West Creek valley. By 22,000 years ago, the highland was completely covered in ice. © 2014 Bluestone Heights Parma Highland North
About 15,000 years ago, with ice retreat, small streams began removing the rubble. The upper creek is now a gathering of deep headwater ravines. © 2014 Bluestone Heights Sharon Sandstone terrace Berea Sandstone terraceNorth
In key ravines, we examine the debris of ice retreat and the scouring of bedrock outcrops. geocaching.com
In the trunk stream, we explore the formation of post-glacial ecosystems on raw, debris-laden terrain. West Creek Conservancy geocaching.com
We summarize historic land use, including the local quarrying of Sharon and Berea sandstones. John Froelich house, 7095 Broadview Rd. Built c. 1855 of locally quarried highland sandstone. © 2014 Bluestone Heights
Last but not least, we review recent land use results of current conservation and storm- water practices in park development. To ensure that West Creek retains its formative legacy
Upper West Creek Sunday, June 1, 2014 2-5 pm Headwaters walking tour Join us to comprehend the Glacial Legacy Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma, OH 44134 Mandatory RSVP 440-887-1968 or online at http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/West-Creek-Walking-Tour-3521.aspx
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