The Black Swamp Conservancy is installing in-stream structures, increasing sinuosity along stream habitat, and restoring 52 acres of adjacent wetlands and forest adjacent to the Forrest Woods Nature Preserve within the Upper Maumee River watershed. The overarching project goals are to greatly improve water quality and support the long-term restoration of aquatic habitat by increasing stream sinuosity, creating riffle/run/pool sequences and decreasing thermal modification. The project is also analyzing pre- and post-restoration nutrient input levels to help determine nutrient level reductions that can be expected from other stream and riparian habitat restoration projects in the region. This information will help guide efforts to reduce harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie. Other project outcomes include hydrologic reconnection with the floodplain, re-creation of floodplain wetlands, and revegetation of the riparian corridor and newly created riparian wetlands.
Marie DeLarme Creek within the western Lake Erie basin in Paulding County, OH, USFWS