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Grants Awarded to Enhance Access, Habitat, Tourism Along Lake Erie

May 28, 2009
Ohio Valley Outdoors
SANDUSKY, OH - Ten organizations and government entities will receive grant funding for projects that will contribute more than $1 million in improvements to Lake Erie Watershed communities and resources.

The Coastal Management Assistance Grants, awarded by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Office of Coastal Management, will help fund a green infrastructure feasibility study, a lakefront revitalization plan, interactive educational exhibits that highlight Lake Erie-related industries and promote tourism and efforts to improve beach quality. Each project selected for funding addresses at least one of the Ohio Coastal Management Program's funding categories, including the protection and restoration of Lake Erie coastal resources, promotion of sustainable land use and community planning, coastal resource management education and outreach, and research and data collection.

The Office of Coastal Management dedicates a portion of its federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funding to the Coastal Management Assistance Grant program. This year, Coastal Management Assistance Grants will provide $359,168 to enhance Lake Erie communities and resources.

Projects from eight local entities and two state entities - the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Lake Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake County Port Authority, Cleveland Metroparks, the Great Lakes Historical Society in Vermilion, Sandusky Area Maritime Association, Put-in-Bay Township Park District, city of Oregon, ODNR Division of Soil and Water Conservation, and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission - will receive funding this year (see editor's note). Grant-funded projects require a match of at least 50 percent of the project's total cost.

Applications and guidelines for the next round of grants to be awarded in 2010 will be available in September 2009 online or by contacting the Office of Coastal Management at or 419-626-7980.

The ODNR Office of Coastal Management works to achieve a balance between use and preservation of Lake Erie's coastal resources, in collaboration with its partners, by effectively administering the Ohio Coastal Management Program.

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ODNR Coastal Management Assistance Grant Recipients - 2009

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (Cuyahoga County) will receive $50,000 for the Walworth Run Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study. This feasibility study will explore the implementation of green infrastructure such as pervious pavement and vegetated swales to control stormwater in the Walworth Run watershed. Green infrastructure can provide multiple benefits such as beautification, improved air quality, and bringing open space closer to urban residents. ($106,000 total project cost).

Lake Soil and Water Conservation District (Lake County) will receive $5,500 for the Lakeshore Landowners Guide to Lakeside Living. A comprehensive series of fact sheets will be developed that will increase the ability of lakeshore landowners to effectively protect or enhance their lakefront. The fact sheets will cover: Natural History and Factors; Maintaining a Shoreline Property; Lakeshore Erosion and Beach Controls; and Technical Assistance and the Permit Process. ($13,764 total project cost).

Lake County Port Authority (Madison Township, Ohio) will receive $10,000 for the Stanton Park Master Plan. A lakefront revitalization master plan will be developed for the 35-acre Stanton Park with the ultimate goal of connecting people to the water's edge. The plan elements will help guide the protection of resources to benefit the community, identify opportunities for increased public access, explore compatible business opportunities that contribute to the local economy, and complement/incorporate adjacent cultural resources. ($21,700 total project cost).

Cleveland Metroparks (Cuyahoga County) will receive $68,250 for the Shoreline Management Plan - Huntington Reservation. A shoreline management plan will be developed for Huntington Reservation that includes three major components: Beach Protection and Bluff Stabilization; Ecologic Restoration; and Site, Facility and Public Access. ($136,500 total project cost).

Great Lakes Historical Society (Erie County) will receive $13,500 for the Anthony Wayne Hull Survey. This project will result in the systematic measurement and documentation of a mid-19th century steamboat's hull remains. It is hoped that the project will generate interest in Ohio's sunken legacy as well as encourage responsible tourism and diving in Lake Erie. ($44,850 total project cost).

Sandusky Area Maritime Association (Erie County) will receive $5,000 for the Commercial Fishing & Ice Harvesting Exhibit. An interactive educational exhibit will be developed that will showcase two important industries to the Sandusky area in the late 1800s: commercial fishing and ice harvesting. The exhibit will also illustrate the interrelatedness of these industries with Sandusky commerce. ($20,000 total project cost).

ODNR Division of Soil and Water Conservation (Lake Erie Watershed) will receive $70,000 for the Lake Erie Watershed Coordinator project. This project will fund the work of a watershed coordinator over a period of two years to implement an endorsed watershed action plan. Implementation of the plan will result in measurable water quality improvement and/or sediment load reduction. ($140,000 total project cost).

Ohio Lake Erie Commission (Lake Erie Watershed) will receive $24,527 for the Implementing Balanced Growth Training in Northern Ohio project. This project will further Balanced Growth Implementation through the State Assistance Work Group which will develop new incentives, coordinate with local planning partnerships, and develop funding strategies for future planning efforts. A new guide to state grants and programs that support Balanced Growth will also be developed and placed online, creating a user-friendly way for locals to access these opportunities. ($98,427 total project cost).

Put-in-Bay Township Park District (Ottawa County) will receive $50,000 for the Lake Erie's Middle Bass Island Wildlife Area. This project will protect 7.8 acres of critical Lake Erie shore along Middle Bass Island and its inland habitat to sustain and enhance significant plant and animal species. The project will also provide the opportunity to expand public access to the Lake Erie shore and to contribute to the local tourism economy by providing increased opportunities for nature-tourism. ($322,062 total project cost).

City of Oregon (Lucas County) will receive $62,391 for the Wolf Creek Riparian Corridor project. Approximately 5.5 acres of permanent conservation easement will be acquired for the future reconstruction of Wolf Creek to an overwide or multi-stage design that will capture bacteria and protect the highly used beaches at Maumee Bay State Park. A corridor restoration plan will also be developed to identify next steps for the riparian channel reconstruction. ($125,399 total project cost).

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Applications and guidelines for the next round of grants to be awarded in 2010 will be available in September 2009 online or by contacting the Office of Coastal Management at or 419-626-7980.

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