TMACOG Partners Benefit from Federal Grants to Aid Great Lakes
On September 7, U.S. EPA Director Lisa Jackson was in Toledo to announce the award of several competitive grants through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. TMACOG members or partners who are recipients of grants are the City of Toledo, Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC), the University of Toledo, and WSOS Community Action Commission.
- The City of Toledo received a grant for $270,600 to operate an Ottawa River Watershed Scrap Yard Pollution Prevention program. TMACOG will partner with the city on that project.
- The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was granted $250,000 to develop a management plan for Toledo Harbor’s sediment. Dredging of the Maumee River from the mouth to the river’s ports is essential for navigation. Disposal of the dredged materials has been on on-going issue, with significant amounts of sediment returning to the lake in open disposal. A draft plan will be completed by August, 2011 and the final plan is expected by June 2012.
- At the University of Toledo, researcher Kevin Czajkowski said that the University’s grant will allow his team to continuing research about sewage sludge applied to agricultural fields and subsequent effects on surface water. The grant will partially fund research that will analyze pharmaceuticals in agricultural soils, test to see how pharmaceuticals break down into more innocuous products, and will research techniques that keep contaminants in the soil and not in waterways. The UT grant is $550,228.
- WSOS Community Action Commission was granted $581,926 for work on the Sandusky River watershed. Cindy Brookes, Sandusky River Watershed Coordinator based at WSOS, said that the grant enables them to implement a program of erosion control in the area. Local farmers will receive financial incentives to take steps including: planting of conservation crops, planting winter cover, rotating crops, repairing drainage tiles, and stabilizing stream banks.