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Otter Creek

Otter Creek has a long history of site investigation and partner engagement spanning over 20 years. In 2021, the lower 1.7 miles of Otter Creek and its confluence with the Maumee River will undergo contaminated sediment removal through the Great Lakes Legacy Act program. The estimated volume of sediment to be removed is 33,500 cubic yards (CY) within Otter Creek and 13,000 CY within the confluence. Following sediment removal, habitat restoration work will be completed to support the return of a thriving community of bottom-dwelling aquatic organisms.

Project Location:

The lower 1.7 miles of Otter Creek and its confluence with the Maumee River.

Project Benefits:

  • Reduce or remove impairments negatively affected aquatic fish and bug communities.
  • Improve overall environmental health and usability of this area.

Project Objectives:

  • To remove approximately 57,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment.
  • Improve water quality, habitat, and biological communities.

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Project Partners:

U.S. EPA, U.S. ACE, the Otter Creek Partnership (comprised of three industries) are working with community partners and other federal, state, and local governmental agencies to evaluate and cleanup contaminated sediments and restore in-stream habitat utilizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and other non-federal funding.

FUNDING

This publication was financed in part through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The contents and views contained within are those of the authors and have not been subject to any Ohio EPA review and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Ohio EPA or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.

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.