Coastal wetlands restored along Lake Erie

Project Summary: Nearly 200 acres of farmland along Lake Erie were transformed into wetland habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.

 

Project name: Blausey Tract wetland restoration in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Location: Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Description: The 171-acre Blausey Tract is one of four different areas at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge where farmland is being transformed into wetland habitat. The project is restoring the natural flow of water through the wetlands and into Lake Erie tributaries. The restored wetland filters nutrients out of runoff from adjacent farm fields, resulting in cleaner water and fewer algal blooms in Lake Erie. Every acre of land at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge that is returned to natural habitat means that more birds and fish can thrive. The project also helps the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meet its mission of completing large, landscape-level conservation at the refuge and across the Great Lakes basin.

Approximate cost of project: $1.3 million to restore nearly 600 acres of coastal wetland; the Blausey Tract was one of four wetland restoration projects at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

A heron enjoys the habitat in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Photo from Flickr/Benimoto.

A heron enjoys the habitat in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Photo from Flickr/Benimoto.

Resource challenges addressed:  Loss of coastal wetlands, loss of fish and wildlife habitat, polluted runoff and water quality in Lake Erie.

Key partners (public and private): Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Types of jobs created: Engineers, construction workers, heavy equipment operators and general laborers.

Results and accomplishments: The project restored 171 acres of coastal wetland and marsh habitat, providing more habitat for fish and wildlife and improving water quality in nearby Lake Erie tributaries.

Web site: www.ducks.org/ohio/ohio-projects

Originally Published: August 26, 2013

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