Ottawa River Restoration at UT
In May, TMACOG staff and partners at the University of Toledo began a project to restore natural function to the Ottawa River where the river goes through the university campus. The river has been channelized and is nearly devoid of plant life both in the riverbed and on the streambanks. The initial work of the project involves planting cuttings from several bushes and shrubs and monitoring their growth. At day 27 after planting, Dr. Lawrence reports that most plants are thriving. There is plenty of new growth, with 100% on the Button Bush, 80%+ on the Rough Leaved Dogwood, 70%+ on the Sycamore and Pin Oak. The Silky Dogwood has been less successful so far with less than 10 % growth. See video links here and here to watch how the team harvested and prepared the stakes.
Other elements of the initial planning phase include design, engineering, and permitting. Construction should begin in August, 2012. The initial study project is being financed by a 319 grant from the Ohio EPA. The partners will be seeking to leverage this grant with other funding sources to complete streambank restoration.
Planners are monitoring the growth of transplants on the bank of the Ottawa River.