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Ohio Success Stories Slide Show
A slide show of all our success stories from Ohio.
Sulphur Springs Assessment and Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/20130725_postplanting.jpg
Solon, Ohio: Restoring the channel of an Ohio stream that was dammed for decades has cleared the way for the possible reintroduction of native Ohio brook trout. Photo courtesy of the Chagrin River Watershed Partners.
Lost Nation Golf Course Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/OH-lost-nation-golf-course-after.jpg
Stabilizing Ward Creek’s shoreline with native plants reduces erosion and sediment build-up in Lake Erie, while improving the golf experience (and revenue) at a local golf course. Photo credit: Chagrin River Watershed Partners
Euclid Creek Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Euclid-Creek-Dam-After-Removal.gif
Euclid, Ohio: Federal Great Lakes restoration funds removed an old dam from Euclid Creek, which allowed for the return of fish and other aquatic life to the waterway. The project increased recreational fishing opportunities and improved water quality, helping the creek to meet water quality standards.
Blausey Tract Wetlandhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG_20130430_135630_038.jpg
Oak Harbor, Ohio: Nearly 200 acres of farmland along Lake Erie was transformed into wetland habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. The project is restoring the natural flow of water through wetlands and into Lake Erie tributaries.
Ashtabula River Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/OH-Dept-of-Health-sign.jpeg
Ashtabula, Ohio: Prior to cleanup, the Ohio Department of Health advised against eating fish from the Ashtabula River. A sediment cleanup and habitat restoration project have restored the lower two miles of the river and advanced efforts to get it de-listed as a Great Lakes Area of Concern.
Cuyahoga Fish Restoration Projecthttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Cuyahoga-Flickr-Erik-Daniel-Drost.jpg
Cleveland, Ohio: Steel bulkheads that lined the Cuyahoga River and prevented fish from finding food or shelter have now been replaced with natural shore habitat and a park for the community. The project is anticipated to lead to a healthier and more diverse population of fish in the river and Lake Erie. Photo from Flickr/Erik Daniel Drost.
West Creek Confluence Projecthttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/posting.jpg
Independence, Ohio: What was once a heavily commercialized site has now been restored to a natural state, with the entrenched creek liberated, native trees and shrubs planted, and a six-acre wetland created. Photo courtesy of the West Creek Conservancy.
Mentor Marsh Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/MentorMarsh.jpg
Cleveland, Ohio: Restoration efforts are helping control the invasive weed Phragmites, and allowing native plants and wildlife to return, including bald eagles. Photo Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Kelleys Island Preservationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/kelleys-flickr-brittreints.jpg
Kelleys Island, Ohio: The preservation of two parcels of land on Ohio’s Kelleys Island protected an imperiled Great Lakes alvar ecosystem and a rare red cedar forest. Photo from Flickr/brittreints.
Lower Black River Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/BlackRiver.LorainSlag.jpg
Lorain, Ohio: Slag piles once dominated the Black River shoreline. Government agencies removed more than 1 million cubic yards of steel waste along the Lower Black River, improving water quality and habitat for fish and other wildlife. Photo courtesy of Lorain Morning Journal.
Big Creek Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Reach-D-After-11.jpg
Cleveland, Ohio: Urban development in Cleveland left Big Creek, a tributary of the Cuyahoga River, a polluted mess that was prone to flooding. An ambitious restoration project stabilized streambanks, removed culverts, and reconnected parts of the waterway, returning the creek to a natural state. Photo courtesy of Biohabitats.
Baldwin Creek Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/berea-dam-30b794618d5e2e5d.jpg
Berea, Ohio: A series of small dams blocked fish passage, damaged habitat, and trapped debris in Baldwin Creek, whose waters run into Lake Erie near Cleveland. Removing dams restored the creek’s natural flow, removed barriers to fish passage, and restored in-stream habitat for fish, including the state-threatened Bigmouth Shiner. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
Neighborhood Stormwater Initiativehttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG_0172.jpg
Parma, Ohio: Residents of two streets in a Cleveland suburb have installed rain barrels and rain gardens to reduce storm water impacts—and to inspire other neighbors to take simple steps to eliminate flooding in the area and pollution into Lake Erie. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Metroparks.
Northeast Ohio Creek Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/TinkersCreek.jpg
Hudson, Ohio: A restored creek will reduce flooding near a suburban Cleveland high school. Students at the school helped design and complete the project. Photo courtesy of Hudson Hub-Times.
Lake Erie Bluffs Parkhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/LakeErieBluffslookoutfrombehind.jpeg
Lake County, Ohio: The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provided funding for a land purchase that established the 139-acre Lake Erie Bluffs Park, an ecologically significant site in Ohio that is home to 20 rare plant and animal species.
Lake Erie Watersnake Comebackhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/watersnake.jpg
Put-In-Bay, Ohio: The Lake Erie watersnake, a subspecies of the northern watersnake found only on Lake Erie’s islands, was brought back from the brink of extinction. With the watersnake’s population nursed back to nearly 12,000 animals, it became just the 23rd species to be taken off the federal Endangered Species list. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lacustrine Refuge Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG_3412.jpg
Cleveland, Ohio: Restoring the Lacustrine Refuge, a four-acre wetland adjacent to a Lake Erie tributary in Cleveland, created wildlife habitat, reduced polluted runoff, and is expected to generate recreational opportunities valued at $2.4 million — nearly twice the project cost. Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District.
Cleveland Harbor Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/ClevelandTrashBoats.jpg
Cleveland, Ohio: The boats Flotsam and Jetsam patrol for debris in Cleveland Harbor. The two vessels remove 400 to 800 cubic yards of debris from Cleveland’s waterfront each year. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Ottawa River Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/ottawamay2010EPA.jpg
Toledo, Ohio: Federal Great Lakes restoration funds support removal of 260,000 cubic yards of toxic sediments along a 5-mile stretch of the Ottawa River in Toledo, Ohio, that posed a risk to people and wildlife—including major sportfish such as walleye and perch. Photo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.