Public Meeting Scheduled to Review Coastal Erosion Maps
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) monitors erosion on the shoreline of Lake Erie and its tributaries. A public meeting is scheduled for February 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at One Government Center to review new draft maps which show projected erosion in our region. The maps track erosion from 1990 to 2004. If ODNR projections predict that 11 feet of land will erode over the next 30 years, the landowners have certain responsibilities. If land is sold, the owner needs to disclose the erosion projection, and a permit is required if a building or septic system is built in land subject to erosion.
In the western basin of Lake Erie, the ODNR defines the coastal area to include many miles upstream on major rivers. These areas have coastal wetlands that are part of the Lake Erie hydrology and ecosystem. On the Maumee River, the coastal zone is about 16 miles upriver in Lucas and Wood counties. On the Sandusky River, the zone is about 14 miles into the City of Fremont in Sandusky County. The Portage River coastal zone is 13.8 river miles upstream from Lake Erie in Ottawa County into the Village of Oak Harbor.