Project Description

Hull worked with the University of Toledo and the Wolf Creek Committee (including ODNR, Ohio EPA, TMACOG, NRCS, Lucas County, and the City of Oregon) to identify the causes of high bacteria levels at the Maumee Bay State Park (MBSP) swimming beaches. Hull also helped plan retention areas and wetlands systems to reduce bacterial and nutrient loading from Berger Ditch to Lake Erie that was causing beach postings. The research and plans were completed to better understand the waterways and to evaluate restoration options. Funding for the initial research and planning activities was provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the ODNR Coastal Management Program. Hull worked with members of the Wolf Creek Committee to prepare a successful application for a $1.3 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Grant, which was awarded in summer 2011 to restore wetlands on park property.