Coastal Wetland Restoration in the Maumee Area of Concern
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$600,000

Lake Basin(s):

Erie

Project Location(s):

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ottawa County, OH

The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Ducks Unlimited to restore approximately 505 acres of wetlands and uplands near Lake Erie within the Maumee Area of Concern.  Adjacent to the Crane Creek estuary, less than one mile from Lake Erie’s shoreline, fish habitat is being restored through reconnection to the tributary, and other habitat is being enhanced through increased water conveyance, aquatic connectivity and invasive species control.  Additional agricultural land is being restored through native replanting, topographic contouring, and invasive species control. The work will contribute to the recovery of three Maumee Area of Concern Beneficial Use Impairments by:  1) improving water quality within the Crane Creek watershed and Lake Erie; 2) providing fish passage from southwestern Lake Erie tributaries into newly restored coastal wetlands; and 3) preserving significant migratory bird habitat within a globally significant Important Bird Area.

“Through Sustain Our Great Lakes funding we are restoring and enhancing 505 acres of land within Western Lake Erie’s coastal zone. This includes 465 acres of wetland habitat that is located adjacent to the Crane Creek estuary, less than one mile from Lake Erie’s shoreline. From this, 80 acres of new fish habitat will be restored through reconnection to the tributary, while the remaining wetland areas will be enhanced through increased water conveyance, aquatic connectivity, and invasive species control. An additional 40 acres of previous agricultural land will be restored to natural cover through native replanting, topographic contouring, and invasive species control. This restoration project will contribute to the delisting of Beneficial Use Impairments in the Maumee Area of Concern; improve water quality within the Crane Creek watershed; provide for fish passage from southwestern Lake Erie tributaries into newly restored coastal wetlands; and conserve migratory bird habitat within a globally significant Important Bird Area.” – Tara Baranowski Lake Erie Coast and Islands Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

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