New Grant Addresses Swan Creek Watershed Habitat
TMACOG has learned that a grant application for habitat remediation in the Swan Creek watershed has been approved. The grant will provide $80,000 (to be combined with $54,000 in local matching funds) for a significant remediation project near Oak Openings. The grant is administered by the Ohio EPA through section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The 319 grants are designated to control non-point source pollution. In the Swan Creek watershed, the non-point sources are agricultural runoff, failing home sewage treatment systems, and non-regulated stormwater runoff. In addition, a study cited in the grant application noted degraded habitat and sedimentation as of “high concerns” to the biological health of the Swan Creek watershed.
Specifically, the grant will fund restoration in an eight-acre area adjacent to the Oak Openings Metropark and also close to the Butterfly House at Wheeler Farms near Whitehouse (see the map). The project will include bank stabilization to reduce erosion, widening and improving the riparian buffer, replacing some dead ash trees and adding a shrub layer with native species. Specialists from TMACOG and the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District will also establish a vernal pool – a seasonal pond that provides habitat for frogs and other amphibians.
Project managers will finalize their plans in 2012 and complete implementation in the summer of 2013.
Swan Creek Stream Restoration Site SC-17 Map