Conceptual Designs for Maumee River Islands
The Maumee AOC Advisory Committee (MAAC) has been seeking feedback on design feature ideas intended to protect and enhance habitat at several island areas in the Maumee River. The group hosted an Open House outside at Walbridge Park and made presentations or had discussions with numerous other interested groups this fall.
These design ideas are part of a feasibility study underway to identify opportunities in the Maumee River where habitat for fish and benthos (small organisms that live on the river bottom) could be improved. Island habitat in the Maumee River is particularly important to fish and benthos. The island areas being considered for improvements are Audubon-Ewing Island Complex (owned by Metroparks Toledo), Marengo Island (owned by Metroparks Toledo), and the Delaware-Horseshoe Island Complex (owned by the City of Toledo).
Preliminary design and feasibility work is being performed under the direction of the MAAC and is being led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other team members include the U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio EPA, ODNR, Partners for Clean Streams, The University of Toledo, and Hull & Associates, LLC. Project partners are the City of Toledo and Metroparks Toledo. This study is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.