Huge cleanup brings lower Ashtabula River back to life

After decades of abuse and neglect, Ohio’s Ashtabula River is reclaiming some of its natural grandeur.

Cleaning up the lower river has made it a more attractive place for boaters and anglers. Photo from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Cleaning up the lower river has made it a more attractive place for boaters and anglers. Photo from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A $60 million pollution cleanup, followed by a $1.5 million habitat project funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, removed 630,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the river and created 1,500 fish of prime fish habitat.

The projects have made the lower river more attractive to anglers and boaters and suitable for commercial shipping. Read more about the project here.

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