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Management Action Project Status Going Into 2023

Last year was a productive one for management action projects securing funding and reaching completion. For Wildlife Management Action Projects, 75% (15 of 20) were complete by the end of 2022, expanding habitat for key species in the Maumee AOC, such as the sandhill crane and wild turkeys. For Aquatic Management Action Projects, combining both the AOC-funded and non-AOC funded projects, 90% of AquaMAPs are fully funded. Looking ahead, several more AquaMAPs will have design and construction underway in 2023.

We are proud to share our AOC’s progress toward BUI removal and looking forward to what this year brings.

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Project Feature: Maumee Bay Wetland Restoration

4Maumee Bay State Park is a 1,336-acre public recreation area on the shores of Lake Erie. In 2022, construction got underway and completed on a wildlife habitat management action project focused on enhancing the park’s wetlands.

This project enhances about 130 acres of critical wildlife habitat around the shores of Lake Erie, an area that has been dramatically altered by industry and agriculture. In particular, the Maumee Bay State Park wetland has been degraded by the invasive reed, phragmites. This project enables water level control for invasive species management, which will facilitate the return of native marsh vegetation and high-quality fish and wildlife habitat.

Project objectives included improving 4,362 linear feet of a rock dike wall originally constructed in 1982 and installing a fish-friendly water control structure to enable water level control and allow fish passage to and from the wetland.

Maumee Bay State Park’s wetland restoration project was led by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) – Division of Parks and Watercraft, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. It was funded by a grant from Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) with additional funds from H2Ohio.

A more robust project feature will be up on maumeeaoc.org later this year.

New Educational Materials Ready for Distribution

This year, the Maumee AOC’s facilitating organization, Partners for Clean Streams, had the opportunity to order hard copies of eight different management action project “rack cards,” as well as our updated Maumee AOC informational brochure. PCS would like to get these educational materials out into the community to keep residents informed about efforts to improve their AOC.

Please contact Kris Patterson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to request hard copies of any educational materials for distribution. Hard copies of the Maumee AOC 2021 Annual Report are also available. Digital copies of all materials are available at maumeeaoc.org.

2022 Year In Review

An map of the Maumee Area of Concern with sub-watersheds highlighted in different colors.

Highlights:

  • BUI 1, Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption, was removed!
  • Management Action Projects:
    • AquaMAPs – 32 of 35 projects are funded and several projects are underway.
    • SedMAPs – 3 of 8 projects are fully funded, while the remaining 5 are partially funded. The 3 funded projects are completed as of November 2022.
    • WildMAPs – All 21 of 21 projects are funded, and 14 projects have been completed as of November 2022.

Outreach:

MAAC Voting Member Applications Open for 2023-24

MAAC Members getting ready to canoe on the Maumee River

The MAAC is currently seeking applications for committee membership for 2023-24. Voting member positions are currently open for all categories, and the public citizen/academic/nonprofit field has a current vacancy. There is no limit to the number of non-voting (resource) member seats. Voting members serve for two-year terms, while non-voting members are appointed each year based on expressed interest. This year, the committee is especially interested in adding more community members to the MAAC!

Voting member applications are available at maumeeaoc.org/get-involved. The application deadline is Sunday, December 18th, 2022. Non-voting members do NOT need to complete the application. They only need to send an email to Cherie Blair (Ohio EPA) or Kris Patterson (Partners for Clean Streams) indicating their interest and for which level of involvement (ex-officio or resource member). The time and your ability to represent your respective agency should be approved per your agency’s internal process. 

The committee wants to make sure the Maumee AOC has a strong and representative voice, so all interested individuals are encouraged to apply. The members of the MAAC will play an important role in guiding the future course of the activities in the AOC. Some of the key activities for 2023 include:

  • Work with Ohio EPA to determine any BUIs that are meeting their restoration targets and remove them;
  • Continue to evaluate conditions, status, and needs utilizing recently collected data;
  • Continue to develop strategically located projects that will lead most directly to BUI removal in the lower Ottawa River;
  • Continue to monitor and assist with development and implementation of management action projects (MAPs).

PCS invites you and your agency to be involved in improving the Maumee AOC as either a Voting, Ex-officio or Resource Member of the MAAC. As you consider this, please see the details regarding each of these positions here.

Thank you for considering this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you by December 18!

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.