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The Blue Creek Project: An Agricultural Wetland Demonstration Project

(FY1992- X995959-01) (full report PDF 580Kb)

Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
300 Central Union Plaza
Toledo, OH 43602
419-241-9155; Fax 419-241-9116

Project Narrative:
The primary goal of the project was to demonstrate how wetlands in agriculturally dominated landscapes can filter pollutants contained in agricultural runoff and reduce soil erosion resulting in cleaner lakes, rivers, and streams. Additionally, the project provided research and educational opportunities, reduced flood damage, and enhanced wildlife habitat. The wetlands are being monitored presently for their effectiveness in removing phosphorous and sediments, thereby improving water quality. The project is serving as a demonstration in the Maumee River Basin.

The Blue Creek Wetland is a site that supports many educational sessions and workshops. This site is being utilized by local universities for research projects. A report, “A Guide to Research Opportunities,” was produced to help guide research and environmental improvement at Blue Creek. The site is being monitored and data on water quality is being collected. In addition, four quarterly newsletters were created and distributed during the project.

Project Results:
Environmental Science and Management

- scientific study
Demonstrated how wetlands in agriculturally dominated landscapes can filter pollutants and reduce erosion.
Report, “A Guide to Research Opportunities,” produced to help guide research.
- ecological restoration
3 acres of wetlands were restored.
- monitoring, indicators
Water quality is being monitored.

Public Stewardship
- education
Site is utilized by local schools and universities.

Economic Impact
- direct
Partial funding for several university researchers.
- indirect
Reduced flooding.
Enhanced wildlife habitat.
Water quality improvement.

Project Statistics:
Award Amount:
FY1992- $20,000
Project Timetable:
May 15, 1993 - December 31, 1994
Project Location:
Whitehouse, Ohio, located in the Maumee River Basin which contributes more sediment to Lake Erie than
any other watershed
Great Lakes System:
Inland wetland
Culturally, Economically, and/or Biologically significant plants, animals, and habitats:
Part of the Great Black Swamp, Lake Erie waterfowl habitat
Stressors Impairing the System:
Agriculture, development
Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Fund, Local 18, The Toledo Edison Company, the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government, Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District, Toledo Metroparks, The City of Toledo, Lucas County Engineers, Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency , Ohio Department of Natural Resources, USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service.



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