The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investing $2 million in Sandusky County to remove a turn-of-the-century dam (that’s last century—1911) that has harmed habitat and hurt the walleye’s love life which has resulted in, well, less walleye.
The Ballville Dam’s removal will restore 39 miles of the Sandusky River System to its natural flow and reconnect it to Lake Erie. The dam has made it impossible for walleye to reach historic spawning grounds, but that impediment will be lifted. And an added benefit: it reduces expenses for the City of Fremont, while improving the quality of life. It is a win-win for all.
It is just this kind of work that is being funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. They may seem small scale but they call contribute to a much more dramatic restoration landscape. They also provide jobs and build up the region’s economy.