Coastal Wetland Restoration in Western Lake Erie
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$950,000

Lake Basin(s):

Erie

Project Location(s):

Within Muddy Creek Bay on the western end of Sandusky Bay nearby Port Clinton, OH and Fremont, OH

The Winous Point Marsh Conservancy will restore 175 acres of coastal wetland to an emergent marsh community by rebuilding a former diked wetland in western Lake Erie. The wetland will provide additional habitat within an existing coastal wetland complex that is highly used by waterfowl, marshbirds, and shorebirds. This restoration will add wetland habitat to a region that has lost approximately 75% of its historic coastal wetland. Project activities include rebuilding a former diked wetland that was lost to storms, installing fish passage and water control structures, and restoring the new wetland to emergent marsh habitat. By rebuilding the diked wetland, the project will provide benefits to water quality, fish habitat, and bird communities. The project site will be monitored by the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Consortium.

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