Celebrating Ottawa River Restoration
A project to restore habit in the Ottawa River where it runs through the main campus of the University of Toledo was celebrated September 20 by university officials and representatives of the funding agencies. The summer project added features to reduce erosion and improve in-stream habitat and stream bed diversity for fish and other wildlife. The strategies employed included placing bendway weirs, simulating undercut bank habitat, and placing locked logs. Excessive invasive plant species were removed and native plants were introduced. Some of the native plants include burr oak, sycamore, willows, and tulip poplar. Shrubs include buttonwood, fragrant sumac, dogwood, and witch hazel among others.
The restoration project is part of a campus master plan for improving the river. Dr. Patrick Lawrence, UT Department of Geography and Planning, has worked hard at applying for and managing grants and projects to improve the river on campus. His work and the work of many others who work on other stretches of the Ottawa River have resulted in marked improvement in water quality and fish life.
Cutting the ribbon at an access point to the river are (l. to r.) Jo Ann Banda, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Matt Horvat, TMACOG, Maumee River Coordinator; and Cherie Blair, Ohio EPA.
Inspecting restoration work are (l. to r.) Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG, vice president of Environmental Planning; Jane Ruvolo, congressional assistant to U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur; and Matt Horvat, Maumee River coordinator.
Dr. Patrick Lawrence explains the nature of the work that was
done to improve habitat on the three-quarter-mile length of the
Ottawa River where it flows through campus.