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Wildlife MAP Project Call-Out

SM PostPart of the MAAC’s outreach and education efforts for 2020 is focusing on publicizing project work that was completed or is being conducted as part of the BUI 14b (Wildlife Habitat) recommendations. As such, a suite of social media posts, informational “rack” cards, and video tours are being generated to spread the word regarding this progress and project successes.

The first social media post was made in early February to the MAAC’s Facebook and Twitter pages. See below for the content displayed on Facebook and stay tuned for more posts and information this year!
Content posted to Facebook @MaumeeAOC on February 4, 2020:

Progress is being made in a number of wildlife habitat restoration projects recommended through the Maumee Area of Concern (AOC) program. A great example this work is the effort to improve degraded wildlife habitat near the Maumee State Forest. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Ohio Nature Conservancy are working to return over 100 acres of previously bare/farmed land to native woodland and wetland habitat. Progress to-date includes the restoration of natural hydrology, the planting of 9,000 native tree seedlings, and the seeding of prairie areas with native vegetation. It is reported that a variety of wildlife (frogs, deer, ducks, etc.) are already utilizing this area! See the following link for more information about the Maumee AOC: http://maumeeaoc.org #GLRI

Ohio Area of Concern Summit

AOC LogoSeveral MAAC members attended the 2020 Ohio Area of Concern Summit earlier this month. The event was held on March 6th, and hosted by Lorain County Metro Parks at their French Creek Nature Center. Program updates were shared by Lynn Garrity (Ohio Lake Erie Commission) and Kristen Isom (GLNPO-USEPA). After the general program updates, each of the four Ohio AOCs (Maumee, Cuyahoga, Black, & Ashtabula) had the chance to share status updates and summaries of recent achievements and future goals. During the second half of the meeting, a break-out session was held during which committee members and facilitating organizations were able meet in small groups to share ideas, questions, and suggestions. Finally, the meeting concluded with a general Q&A session, where participants were able to pull on the group collective for answers to questions and/or concerns.

Soon to be Released - MAAC Annual Report!

Report CoverWe are excited to share that work on the 2019 MAAC Annual Report has been underway for a couple of months and it is nearly ready for the presses (and digital release on the MAAC’s website resource page)! The Report will be updated each year to showcase progress made towards eventual AOC delisting. Please consider requesting copies of the Report to pass out at the next applicable meeting or conference that you attend and share the digital version widely.

We are also working on crafting a series of “rack cards” to highlight and summarize four projects that were/are being conducted under BUI 14b (Wildlife Habitat). Once completed, these cards will be available for distribution at meetings and conferences as well. Stay tuned for updates regarding completion and availability of these new materials!

Biological BUI MAP Meetings - Voting Members

Voting members, please make sure that the following webinars and online meetings have also been added to your calendars. These discussions will help you become familiar with the proposed Biological BUI MAP materials and proposed projects prior to voting on April 30th.

  • April 8th; 1:00-2:00pm (Zoom online meeting) - Maumee AOC BioMAP: Materials Explanation
  • April 16th; 9:30-2:00pm (WebEx meeting) - Maumee AOC BioMAP: Project Review & Discussion
  • April 22nd, 1:00-3:00pm (WebEx meeting) - Maumee AOC BioMAP: Q&A

For links to the webinars and the most up-to-date meeting schedule, please see the calendar.

Management Action Project Spotlight – Penn 7

Penn7 WetlandThere has been a lot progress made in funding and implementing the MAAC-recommended management action (MAP) projects for Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) 14b (Loss of Wildlife Habitat).  Since the list of projects were approved by Ohio EPA and US EPA in early 2018, 17 of the 20 projects have been fully funded, two are funded through engineering and design (E&D) with implementation funding expected or in hand, and one is in the application process for funding.  The Penn 7 Restoration Project is one of the projects currently undergoing E&D with implementation funding secured. Read on for a summary of this project and this exciting progress!

As a former confined disposal facility (CDF) on the banks of the lower Maumee River, the vacant 59-acre Penn 7 Property once accepted material dredged from the Toledo Harbor shipping channel. The property was encircled by a large berm to prevent dredged material from moving off-site. This berm currently isolates on-site wetlands from the river, thereby reducing the value of the wetlands with respect to fish and wildlife habitat.

With funds received from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) through a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional Partnership awarded to the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and subcontracted to the City of Toledo, the following restoration activities are planned:

  • Connection of the upstream portion of Penn 7 to the Maumee River to allow river water to flow through the system;
  • Excavation/re-contouring of the upstream part of the property to improve a wetland to better support fish and wildlife;
  • Excavation of a channel to connect the wetland to the open embayment portion of the property;
  • Construction of a berm at the outer boundary of the embayment area to protect a planned wetland behind it;
  • Installation of aquatic habitat structures and removal of invasive species; and
  • Habitat improvements for the forested upland area.

This restoration work is expected to support a variety of wildlife and fish species. Once connected to the river, the Penn 7 site could act as a productive spawning and nursery site for over 40 species of Lake Erie fish. It is also expected that the site will act as an important migratory stopover for a number of bird species, while also providing quality habitat for area amphibians and mammals.

This project involves an engaged project management team representing the City of Toledo, NOAA, Great Lakes Commission, Ohio EPA, ODNR Division of Wildlife, and the contracted engineering firm, Hull & Associates, Inc. For questions regarding this project and its progress, please contact the project public liaison at Hull & Associates, Inc.; Jenny Carter-Cornell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Additional project information is available at www.glc.org/work/aocs/maumee.

For a pdf of the current restoration concept plan, click here.

 

The Maumee AOC Committee works toward fishable and swimmable waters in the Maumee Area of Concern and delisting the beneficial use impairments. The Committee is working towards all major restoration projects being completed by 2025, through collaboration of partners and volunteer opportunities by its facilitating organization, Partners for Clean Streams. The committee is made up of representatives from various organizations, citizens, businesses and non-government agencies to build long term solutions to the area’s water quality issues.