The Corps of Engineers has announced that two projects from the Great Lakes region were selected from a nationwide competition for habitat restoration funding under the Estuary Restoration Act of 2000. The projects selected are at Euclid Creek in Cleveland, Ohio and at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Lake County, Illinois.
The Euclid Creek project was sponsored by the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the City of Cleveland, Euclid Creek Watershed Council, and Friends of Euclid Creek. The project will restore five acres of estuary wetlands in the lower 1.5 miles of Euclid Creek, a small tributary to Lake Erie located primarily in Wildwood State Park in Cleveland, Ohio. The stream channel will be restored to improve the habitat of the estuary zone of this freshwater system and restore the migration and spawning of aquatic species upstream into the creek’s upper watershed. In addition, the project will contribute to meeting state water quality standards for full attainment of the Euclid Creek. The estimated total cost for the project is $820,000 and the Federal share $515,000.
The Fort Sheridan project was sponsored by the Lake County (Illinois) Forest Preserve District. The project will protect the Janes Ravine of Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, an ecologically significant natural area being subjected to catastrophic erosion and sedimentation. The steeply-sloped, forested ravine represents an exceedingly rare community type along the Lakes Michigan shoreline. The project will protect 1,000 feet of ravine system from erosion and destabilization caused by increased stormwater from urban development using a series of uplands swales and ponds to re-route stormwater flows and the removal of invasive tress and establishment of herbaceous groundcover. Total project cost is estimated at $1.26 million, with Federal funding of $370,893.
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The Corps is also working in collaboration with federal, state, tribal and local agencies and non-profit organizations to identify additional future projects to conserve and restore wetlands and aquatic habitat in the Great Lakes. For more information on the Great Lakes Habitat Initiative or to submit potential projects onto the database, go to the website www.GLHI.org.
USACE, Great Lakes & Ohio River Division