Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson helped launch the Year of Clean Water in the City of Cleveland. Every year leading up to 2019, the City Cleveland will focus on one of the key areas fundamental to a sustainable economy as a part of Mayor Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland initiative. The initiative creates a framework for Clevelanders from all walks of life to work together to build a robust and resilient region by focusing attention on annual key areas fundamental to a suitable economy– 2015 is the Year of Clean Water.
The Year of Clean Water is designed to connect people to their water resources in order to restore, conserve and protect this valuable asset. “We’re positioning and moving Cleveland into the future in order to create a sustainable economy,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “A sustainable economy creates opportunities for economic prosperity, increased quality of life and the improved physical and social health of our community, clean water is fundamental to that future.”
Cleveland’s location on Lake Erie – the 12th largest body of fresh water in the world – provides Cleveland with many advantages including access to nature, recreation, transportation, commerce and tourism.
The Year of Clean Water is being coordinated by a collaborative group of organizations and individuals including:
- Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
- Cleveland Division of Water
- Cleveland Water Alliance
- Greater Cleveland Aquarium
- Great Lakes Science Center
- Cleveland Public Theater
- Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
- Cleveland Metroparks
- National Park Service
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
- Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
- Cuyahoga National Park Conservancy
- Nature Center and Shaker Lakes
A Clean Water Tour and Sweepstakes has been coordinated by the Cleveland Water Alliance and organizations and individuals who work together to help keep our water drinkable, fishable, and swimmable.
From January through October, participants in the tour and sweepstakes will have a chance to win a grand prize of a 2-night getaway package in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and additional prizes include memberships to some of Cleveland’s museums and attractions. Enter the sweepstakes by visiting Year of Clean Water events—the more events attended, the greater the chances of winning. Learn more and see the complete list of events and prize details at: clevelandwateralliance.org/tour.
The first Sweepstakes and Tour event will be a Kick-off Event for the Year of Clean Water at Cleveland City Hall on Friday, January 23rd at Cleveland City Hall from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Hosted by the Office of Sustainability, the event will feature local innovations, resources, and organizations working to keep our water clean as well as local food vendors for those visiting during their lunch hour.
For additional information about the Year of Clean Water and events, visit http://www.sustainablecleveland.org/celebration-topics/2015-clean-water/.