Ottawa River Stream and Habitat Restoration Project Awarded Federal Funding
By Kristina Patterson
Executive Director, Partners For Clean Streams, Inc.
Partners for Clean Streams (PCS), the non-profit arm of the Maumee RAP, is embarking on an exciting restoration project at Camp Miakonda. Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) will restore at least 10 acres of wetland, 30 acres of associated upland habitat and 1,200 linear feet of eroded streambank along the Ottawa River, at the 157-acre Boy Scout Camp in the Oak Openings Region of the Maumee Area of Concern (AOC), directly improving Lake Erie’s Western Basin.
The Boy Scouts have been actively involved in planning the restoration to benefit both the ecological functions of the property as well as to restore the active and practical uses of Lake Sawyer and the surrounding habitat. Part of the project will restore some wetlands near Lake Sawyer, as well as diversify the in-lake habitat for fish and critters. The Boy Scouts envision hundreds of campers using the area for outdoor education about wetlands and wildlife, canoeing or paddleboating, and fishing.
PCS has been working through an Army Corps of Engineers program to study and carefully design the restoration projects on and adjacent to the property so that the best possible options are carefully modeled prior to installation. PCS recently received $1.3 million in funding from U.S. EPA under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to implement the stream restoration and habitat projects over the next two years.
Southwest corner of Lake Sawyer. Plans call for restoration of a wetlands in this area.
PCS looks forward to embarking on this restoration with the Boy Scouts. This project will provide more habitat diversity and moderate high, fast waters that erode the healthy streambanks of the upper Ottawa River. The project will also enhance the amazing outdoor classroom that thousands of young Boy Scouts will use and enjoy in the coming years.
For more information, please visit the PCS website at www.PartnersForCleanStreams.org or call Kris Patterson, executive director, at 419.874.0727.