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Low-head dam removal coordinated with City of Williamsburg on East Fork Little Miami River resulted in 85 miles of free flowing river.
Southern Redbelly Dace photographed in Rush Run, Killbuck Creek Watershed, by Michelle Wood of Holmes SWCD

The SWCD Watershed Grant Program supports increased staffing in Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for watershed partnering, planning and water quality project implementation. Program background and grant application information is available here. Continue below for individual grant contacts and progress, and a program fiscal summary.

Progress July 2016 - December 2019

Buckeye Lake Watershed

GRANT START July 1, 2018

SPONSOR

Perry Soil and Water Conservation District

Sebastian Teas, Watershed Coordinator

740-743-1325

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Nutrient management
  • Stream restoration
  • Wetland restoration
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Identified six agricultural producers for participation in the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to install best management practices, which if funded will provide over $300,000 of federal cost-share.
  • A Conservation Reserve Program project including 17 acres of permanent vegetation and 6 acres of wetland taken out of agricultural production adjacent to an excellent wetland in the southeastern section of the watershed. An eight-acre treatment wetland north of I-70 West will feature three treatment cells before emptying into a conventional wetland and intercept flow from the tributary with the highest known nitrate levels recorded in the watershed. Brooks Park on the southwestern end of the lake has been identified as a potential location for a wetland treatment train, similar to those constructed for the Grand Lake St. Mary’s Lake watershed. Coordination is underway with ODNR to potentially utilize H2Ohio funding for the Brooks Park project.
  • 74 acres of cover crops were enrolled in NRCS cost-share program and an additional 44 acres were planted without financial support. All together this is estimated to reduce sediment by 215 tons per year, phosphorus by 228 pounds per year, and nitrogen by 457 pounds per year.
  • HSTS inspections of Orchard Island were completed in collaboration with the Fairfield Health Department. Ammonia and nitrate samples were also collected. No obvious violations were observed.
  • Partnered with Licking SWCD to conduct a North Shore Urbanized Area Outfall Reconnaissance Inventory following EPA protocol to map all outfalls and conduct dry weather sampling. Catch basins and storm pipe locations were also mapped to assist with stormwater management planning and federal regulations. 
  • Coordinated the planting of over 300 trees in the watershed with assistance to Village of Millersport, Buckeye Lake State Park, and Harbor Hills Country Club. 220 trees were distributed to students at Lakewood, Millersport, and Schein Bright Academy schools.
  • Assisted the Village of Millersport with rain garden design and installation, which was recommended as a response to property flooding. The village donated funds for plants and materials.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Buckeye Lake 2030
  • Buckeye Lake For Tomorrow (BLT)
  • Fairfield County Health Department
  • Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Licking County Health Department
  • Licking Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Licking Ohio State University Extension
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Perry County Health Department
  • Village of Hebron
  • Village of Millersport
  • Zane State College

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Restore Streambank by Recontouring or Regrading 750 Linear Feet
Plant-Grasses in Riparian Area 150 Acres
Inspect HSTS 15 Inspections
Plant Cover/Manure Crop 450.2 Acres
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 603.9 Acres
Develop Brochure/Fact Sheet 1 Fact Sheet
Conduct Public Meeting 1 Meeting
Develop Press Release 1 Press Release
Create/Maintain Web Site 7 Updates
Conduct Workshops 1 Workshops
Provide Technical Assistance to Groups 2 Groups
Develop Newsletters 2 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Village of Millersport $450   Urban Runoff
Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce $450   Habitat Restoration
Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow $1000   Monitoring/Evaluation
Total $1900   

 

Cahoon Creek & Lake Erie Watersheds

GRANT START July 1, 2018

SPONSOR

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

216-524-6580

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Stream restoration
  • Riparian reforestation
  • Floodplain restoration
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Baker Creek Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (NPS-IS) and the Cahoon Creek - Frontal lake Erie revision, version 1.1 were both approved. A revision of the Euclid Creek NPS-IS was also submitted for review, and development of the the West Branch Rocky River and Plum Creek NPS-ISs is underway.

 

  • Coordinating with the City of Rocky River to develop a stream restoration project for Spencer Creek at Bradstreet's Landing, which is among the city's highest priorities. The project is included in the Cahoon Creek - Frontal Tributaries NPS-IS. Grant proposals submitted to Ohio EPA Nonpoint Source and US Fish and Wildlife Restoration programs for funding were unsuccessful. Proposals will be revised according to feedback and resubmitted while other potential sources are investigated including the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program.
  • Cuyahoga SWCD actively promotes stream and wetland restoration including riparian tree planting:
    • Healy Creek in Brunswick - 120 linear feet of stream was stabilized using a combination brush mattresses, live fascines, and live stakes 
    • Strongsville Backyard Habitat Preserve - 1,500 linear feet of stream was stabilized using 300 feet of live fascines and 1,200 live stakes
    • Willowughby Eastlake School of Innovation - 600 live stakes were added to 1,600 feed of stream bank and 800 wetland plugs
    • Hawken School in the Euclid River watershed - 75 trees and shrubs were added to 175 linear feet of riparian area
    • NASA Glenn Research Center within the Rocky River watershed - 500 linear feet of riparian area were planted with 1,000 wetland plugs and 98 shrubs
    • Abram Creek in a conservation easement held by Cuyahoga SWCD - 98 trees and shrubs were planted
    • Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation - 45 trees were planted along a cold water tributary to the East Branch of the Rocky River
    • North Royalton Farms along the Upper East Branch of the Rocky River - restored 1600 feet of streambank and 800 feet of habitat using bioengineering techniques and installing nine in-stream structures

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Bay Village Green Team
  • Case Western Reserve
  • City of Berea
  • City of Brunswick
  • City of Shaker Heights
  • Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
  • Euclid Creek Watershed Partners
  • Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
  • NASA-Glenn Research Center
  • Rocky River Watershed Council
  • Willowughby Eastlake School of Innovation

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Restore Streambank Using Bio-Engineering 3300 Linear Feet
Restore Streambank by Recontouring or Regrading 1750 Linear Feet
Plant Prairie Grasses in Riparian Areas 1.55 Acres
Remove/Treat Invasive Species 5.9 Acres
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 517 Trees
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 2.75 Acres
Restore Floodplain 1790 Linear Feet
Restore Stream Channel 1500 Linear Feet
Install In-stream Habitat Structures 16 Structures
Install Grade Structures 9 Structures
Plant Wetland Species 1800 Plugs
Plant Wetland Species 0.2 Acres
Restore Natural Flow 50 Linear Feet
Reconstruct & Restore Wetlands 0.2 Acres
Develop Brochures/Fact Sheets 7 Brochure/Fact Sheet
Conduct Watershed Festival 1 Festival
Conduct Public Meetings 13 Meetings
Develop Press Releases 11 Press Releases
Create/Maintain Websites 3 Websites
Develop Displays 3 Displays
Conduct Tours 9 Tours
Conduct Stream Clean-up 9 Clean-ups
Conduct Field Days - Land Owner / Manager 7 Days
Stencil Storm Drains 25 Drains
Conduct Workshops 15 Workshops
Conduct Training 4 Training Sessions
Develop Manual(s) 1 Manual
Deliver Technical Assistance to Groups 2 Groups
Deliver On-site Technical Assistance 11 Site Visits
Develop Newsletters 17 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Western Reserve Land Conservancy - Dominion Mini Grant $2,500   Monitoring/Evaluation
Western Reserve Land Conservancy - Dominion Mini Grant $3,000   Habitat Restoration
Western Reserve Land Conservancy - Dominion Mini Grant $3,000   Habitat Restoration
Ohio Lake Erie Commission - Area of Concern Pass Through $374,865   Habitat Restoration
Total $383,365   

 

Captina Creek Watershed

GRANT START July 1, 2016

SPONSOR

Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District

Brooke Sanderson, Watershed Coordinator

740-526-0027

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed Planning
  • Riparian protection
  • Stream restoration
  • Livestock exclusion
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Completed reinforcement of the Township Road 194 crossing of Bend Fork on October 25, 2019. Articulated concrete block mat was used to prevent pooling and channel erosion from vehicle traffic, and reduce sedimentation of exceptional stream habitat. Partnering with U.S. Fish & Wildlife resulted in receiving $42,000 for the project.
  • Work continues to replace a submarine bridge currently altering stream habitat and hindering fish passage on Crabapple Creek. Replacement with high vent-to-area culverts will protect the biological integrity of this excellent stream. Once alternative crossing plans are confirmed additional funding will be sought to complete the project.
  • Received a $4,500 grant from the Gulfport Energy Fund to expand Captina Creek Stream Team water quality monitoring. The addition of pH strips, conductivity monitors and macroinvertebrate sampling equipment will enhanse chemical sampling and add biological monitoring capability at eight sights over two years. SWCD staff also assisted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with monitoring macroinvertebrate communities within the watershed. Five sites were monitored over two, eight-hour field days.
  • At the Belmont County meeting of the East Central Grazing Alliance, the watershed coordinator presented on the Captina Creek Livestock Exclusion Fencing Program and offered assistance to those interested after which the Belmont SWCD was approached by landowners to discuss the program and set up site visits. As a result one contract will be executed in 2020 and a second contract is in the early planning stages.
  • Coordinating development of the Pea Vine Creek Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (NPS-IS). This watershed action plan will identify specific acid mine drainage clean-up, stream crossing upgrade, and other projects to prioritize for grant seeking.
  • Hosted a hot air balloon event, "The Captina View from the Sky Festival." Several agencies supported the event with professionals on site to provide information and answer questions including ODNR divisions of Forestry and Oil and Gas, Captina Creek Conservancy, Brooks Bird Club, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Partnered with Captina Conservancy to obtain a Spotlight Grant from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Dominion Gas for restoration of riparian zones and floodplains at three locations within the South Fork sub-watershed. Donations provided by the Captina Conservancy allowed for an additional 140 trees to be planted at one of the three sites. The Captina Conservancy has also protected 484 acres with conservation easements. A partnership with Ohio University and Blue Feather Land Trust will also result in riparian restoration in the South Fork Sub-watershed.
  • Supported efforts of the Captina Creek Conservancy to develop a 30-minute documentary film about the Captina Creek Watershed.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Belmont Co. Health Department
  • Belmont County Farm Bureau
  • Captina Conservancy
  • Captina Creek Stream Team
  • Farm Bureau
  • JB Green Team
  • Monroe Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District
  • USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ohio University - Voinovich School
  • Olney Friends School - Stream Team
  • ORSANCO
  • OSU Extension
  • Pease Township
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Washington Township
  • York Township

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Remove/Treat Invasive Species 12.5 Acres
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 75 Trees
Acquire Riparian Conservation Easements 566 Acres
Inspect Home Sewage Treatment Systems 1 Acres
Repair or Replace Home Sewage Treatment Systems 34 Inspections
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 225 Acres
Develop Whole Farm Management Plans 1843 Acres
Prescribed Conservation Grazing Practices 1205.9 Acres
Implement Conservation Tillage Practices 350 Acres
Install Alternative Water Supplies 15 Supplies
Install Heavy Use Feeding Pads 9 Pads
Install Livestock Exclusion Fencing 16,345 Linear Feet
Install Livestock Crossings 1 Crossing
Install Heavy Use Feeding Pads 4 Pads
Conduct Soil Tests 113 Tests
Install Roof Water Management Practices 1 Practices
Execute Landowner Cost-share 12 Agreements
Develop Brochures / Fact-sheets 2 Brochure / Fact-sheets
Conduct Watershed Festivals 2

Festival

Conduct Public Meetings 7 Public Meetings
Develop Press Releases 30 Press Releases
Create / Maintain Website 3 Website
Install Signs 5 Signs
Develop Displays 11 Displays
Conduct Tours 5 Tours
Conduct Stream Clean-ups 3 Clean-up
Conduct Field Days - landowner / manager 9 Field Days
Conduct Workshops 14 Workshops
Conduct Training 6 Training
Provide Technical Assistance to Groups 3 Groups
Deliver On-site Technical Assistance 23 Site Visits
Develop Manuals 1 Manual
Develop Newsletters 11 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Sam's Club Community Grant $850   Education/Outreach
Belmont Tourism $600   Education/Outreach
Gulfport Energy Corporation Donation $466   Education/Outreach
Western Reserve Land Conservancy $1,500   Monitoring/Evaluation
EQT $519   Habitat Restoration
Belmont County Tourism $450   Education/Outreach
JB Green Team $1500   Agricultural Runoff
Ohio EPA $75,000  Stream Restoration
Gulfport Energy Fund $4,500   Monitoring/Evaluation
ODNR - Wildlife Education Grant $500   Education/Outreach
Local Fundraising - Ohio River Festival $2,423   Education/Outreach
Total $83,308   

 

Cooper Creek (Sharon Creek) Watershed

GRANT START July 1, 2019

SPONSOR

Hamilton Soil and Water Conservation District

Adam Lehmann, Watershed Coordinator

513-772-7645 ext. 15

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed Planning
  • Stormwater management
  • Stream and floodplain restoration
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Storm sewer retrofitting has the most promise for improving Cooper Creek by detaining water in a pipe system until water levels reach water quality release level.  A prototype of the retrofit has been constructed at USEPA’s Test and Evaluation Facility. Partners are currently troubleshooting ways to modify the prototype to improve performance. Implementation should occur through Summer 2020.
  • Partners are exploring installation of “Passive Groundwater Recharge Systems” into retrofitted detention basins. We continue to explore potential funding sources to both install these systems and also to install the piezometers needed to evaluate the efficacy of the systems at restoring baseflows to the Creek.
  • Initiated the first phase of a Large woody debris (LWD) installation program. Most of the creek-front property in the Cooper Creek Watershed is on single family residential property; so obtaining support and buy-in from these stakeholders is critical for success. Concepts will be introduced with a demonstration project and accompanying education.
  • Investigating whether road and driveway crossings function as migration barriers to fish in Cooper Creek. There has been interest in pursuing culvert replacement funds from the USFWS’s National Fish Passage Program; however, more data is needed to determine whether these culverts are really limiting fish diversity in the creek.
  • Completed a second season of macroinvertebrates and salamander sampling, and habitat assessments at six monitoring reaches within (and below) the demonstration watershed and an adjacent control watershed. The University of Cincinnati (UC) conducted its second year of annual fish surveys at the six monitoring reaches. Additionally, UC conducted weekly detection surveys of fish injected with radio transmitters (movement study) in a reach that extends from the storm sewer outfall to be retrofitted down through a culvert under Plainfield Road.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Mill Creek Alliance

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Conduct Public Meeting 1 Public Meetings
Create / Maintain Websites 1 Websites
Conduct Tours 1 Tours
Conduct Stream Clean-Ups 1 Clean-Ups
Develop Newsletters 1 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
General Electric - GE Young Professionals $750   Education/Outreach
Total $750   

East Fork Little Miami River Watershed 

GRANT START July 1, 2018

SPONSOR

Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District

Becky McClatchey, Natural Resources Specialist

513-732-7075

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Wetland restoration
  • Nutrient management
  • Farmland preservation
  • Stream restoration
  • Stormwater management
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Coordinated a partnership between Village of Williamsburg and Ohio EPA to remove the Williamsburg Low-head Dam in October 2018, which restored more than 85 miles of the East Fork Little Miami River to free-flowing condition. More than 60 volunteers participated in a mussel relocation event. Funding was provided through the Ohio EPA Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program for a total project cost of $674,911. Approximately 4 acres of riparian area was protected permanently with a conservation easement.
  • Removed a low-head dam on the East Fork Little Miami River in the Village of Batavia in partnership with Valley View Foundation.
  • Began data assembly to update the Lower East Fork Watershed Action Plan, first completed in December 2003. The OKI Regional Council of Governments agreed to map existing riparian corridors in Lower East Fork and other watersheds of interest, and help identify potential areas for restoration. A Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (NPS-IS) developed for Salt Run was approved by Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Agriculture Fall 2019. The Gladys Run NPS-IS is also under development. 
  • Obtained an Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant to help develop an Agriculture Conservation Menu (ACM) in partnership with Brown, Clinton and Highland SWCDs. A project website has been developed on the Clermont SWCD site to inform producers and landowners and recruit participation. Clinton SWCD has involved Wilmington College students and the Collegiate Farm Bureau members with two focus group meetings with local producers to gauge the type and level of resources sought for better management of agricultural systems and conservation practices. Information gathered from these meetings has guided the design and development of the ACM website. The site was launched on February 20, 2020. www.soacm.com
  • Awarded a $158,950 grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to fund an Upper East Fork wetland treatment feasibility analysis, and the construction of an off-channel wetland at the site of the Village of Williamsburg’s old drinking water reservoir, which was drained as part of the low-head dam removal project. Also partnering with Clermont Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ) to develop a water quality monitoring plan for the constructed wetland.
  • Partnering with the largest producer in the Harsha Lake sub-watershed and Clermont OEQ to demonstrate a combine modification allowing cover crop planting during harvest. The intent is to scale the technology up and bundle with nutrient management, variable rate application and no till. The grant of $66,015 is from the USDA Conservation Innovation Grant program.
  • Partnered with the Clermont County Park District to develop a stream restoration (day-lighting) and wetland enhancement project along a tributary to Avery run in Shore Park, and was awarded $135,080 from the Ohio EPA section 319 grant program.
  • Contracted with a consultant to prioritize detention basins in the Hall Run sub-watershed for retrofits. Six of 37 basins were identified for which the SWCD will seek grants and other funding and coordinate with stakeholders to implement water quality volume upgrades.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Brown Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Clermont Office of Environmental Quality
  • Highland Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Ohio EPA
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Village of Williamsburg
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Valley View Foundation

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Restore Streambank by Recontouring or Regrading 1000 Linear Feet
Plant Grasses in Riparian Areas 9 Acres
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 9 Acres
Remove Dams 2 Dam
Install Fish Passage and/or Habitat Structures 1 Structure
Restore Natural Flow 0.5 Miles
Acquire Riparian Conservation Easements 4 Acres
Plant Cover/Manure Crops 5000 Acres
Install Nitrogen Reduction Practices 4000 Acres
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 1000 Plans
Implement Prescribed & Conservation Grazing Practices 200 Acres
Install Alternative Water Supplies 3 Supplies
Install Grassed Waterways 4.5 Acres
Install Livestock Crossings 1 Crossing
Install Heavy Use Pads 1 Pads
Install Livestock Exclusion Fencing 750 Linear Feet
Execute Landowner Cost-Share Contracts 2 Contracts
Conduct Public Meeting 3 Meetings
Conduct Training 1 Training Sessions
Create/Maintain Websites 2 Website
Develop Press Releases 1 Press Releases
Conduct Stream Clean-ups 3 Clean-ups
Conduct Field Days - land owner/manager 1 Days
Conduct Workshops 2 Workshops
Develop Manual(s) 1 Manual
Conduct Tours 1 Tours
Provide Technical Assistance to Groups 1 Group
Deliver On-site Technical Assistance 1 Site Visits
Develop Newsletters 2 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Ohio EPA - Ohio Environmental Education Fund $17,141   Outreach/Education
OKI - 2018 Targeted Water Quality Planning $25,000   Planning
Ohio EPA - Nonpoint Source Program Grant (319) $85,000   Habitat Restoration
Ohio EPA - Nonpoint Source Program Grant (319) $135,080   Habitat Restoration
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service $158,950   Habitat Restoration
USDA - Conservation Innovation Grant $66,068   Agricultural Runoff
Ohio EPA - Recycling & Litter Prevention $4,800   Education/Outreach
Total $492,039   

 

Frontal Lake Erie Tributary Watersheds

GRANT START July 1, 2019

SPONSOR

Lake Soil and Water Conservation District

Adam Cimperman, Resource Protection Technician

440-350-2409

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Restore stream and wetland habitat
  • Establish riparian buffers
  • Promote low impact development practices
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nonpoint Source Program (319) grant funds from Ohio EPA were used for a floodplain project in North Perry Village including 1800 linear feet of streambank restoration, removal of invasive species and re-establishment of native floodplain grasses. After completing this work under budget, the project was expanded to restore an additional 800 linear feet of streambank with floodplain species management as described. A conservation easement is under development for the section of stream.
  • Coordinating with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to visit several wetland restoration project sites for potential funding
  • Coordinating with USDA-NRCS and a landowner to develop a two-stage channel and riparian forest restoration project with Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) funds.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Chagrin River Watershed Partners
  • Lake County Stormwater Management Department
  • Lake Metroparks
  • Perry Middle School

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Remove/treat Invasive Species 42 Acres
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 20 Trees
Develop Brochures/Fact Sheets 1 Fact sheets
Conduct Public Meeting 1 Meeting
Conduct Training 1 Training Session
Provide Technical Assistance to Groups 1 Groups
Deliver On-site Technical Assistance 1 Site-visits
Develop Newsletters 1 Issues

 

Grand Lake St. Mary's and St. Mary's River Watersheds

GRANT START July 1, 2018

SPONSOR

Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District

937-335-7645

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Nutrient management
  • Stream restoration
  • Wetland restoration
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Completed construction of the West Branch Beaver Creek Stream Restoration Project with a grant from Ohio EPA Nonpoint Source Grant Program (319). Earthwork and habitat features were installed late summer 2019 and 2-inch caliper trees and 3-gallon container trees were planted late fall 2019. The final completed project will include a conservation easement to protect the restored stream and corridor from encroachment
  • Secured Ohio EPA 319 grant funding for the Phosphorus Reduction Edge of Field Practice Plan. Mercer SWCD has signed up 89 acres into the double-cropping portion of the project. Three saturated buffer sites have been identified and will likely be installed.
  • Completed the Deerfield Wetland Construction Project with Ohio EPA 319 funding.
  • Completed construction of the Windy Point wetland restoration and creation project resulting in 15.3 acres and wetland and upland buffer. The site will be fully complete once it permanent seeding is established.
  • Mercer SWCD is coordinating with Tetra Tech on development of several Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategies (NPS-IS) for sub-watersheds of St. Marys River watershed. Yankee Run, Black Creek, and Little Black Creek NPS-ISs have been approved by Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Agriculture. Blierdorfer NPS-IS is in development.

  • Developed 28 engineering plans for conservation practices for installation within the watersheds with Conservation Reserve Program or Environmental Quality Incentive Program funding.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Ag Solutions
  • Mercer County
  • Mercer County Health Department
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Wright State University Lake Campus

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 240 Trees
Restore Flood Plain 2000 Linear Feet
Restore Stream Channel 2000 Acres
Install In-stream Habitat Structures 10 Structures
Reconstruct & Restore Wetlands 9.35 Acres
Plant Wetland Species 13.55 Acres
Reconnect Wetland to Stream 3.75 Acres
Acquire Riparian Conservation Easements 13.55 Acres
Inspect HSTS 22 Inspections
Repair or Replace Traditional HSTS 5 HSTS
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 9,465‬ Acres
Install Grassed Waterways 9.4 Acres
Construct Animal Waste Structures 6 Structures
Conduct Soil Testing 46 Tests
Develop Brochures / Fact Sheets 1 Fact Sheet
Conduct Public Meeting 3 Public Meeting
Develop Press Releases 7 Press Releases
Create Maintain Website 2 Websites
Install Signs 5 Signs
Develop Displays 2 Displays
Conduct Tours 3 Tours
Develop Newsletters 1 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Nonpoint Source Program Grant  (319) - Ohio EPA $484,908   Habitat Restoration
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant and match $78,306   Habitat Restoration
Nonpoint Source Program Grant  (319) - Ohio EPA $362,369   Agricultural Runoff
Nonpoint Source Program Grant (319) - Ohio EPA $164,824   Agricultural Runoff
Ohio Lake Erie Commission $25,000   Planning
Clean Ohio Fund $263,958   Habitat Protection
Clean Ohio Fund $337,422   Habitat Protection
Total $1,716,687   

 

Jerome Fork Watershed 

GRANT START July 1, 2019

SPONSOR

Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District

Erica White, Watershed Coordinator

419-281-7645

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Agricultural nutrient management
  • Cover crops
  • Conservation tillage
  • Soil testing
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Implemented 880 acres of cover crops through promotion of incentive programs including the those offered by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), and a farmer funded aerial seeding program coordinated by the SWCD.
  • Completed a livestock exclusion stream fencing project with funding from MWCD and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which will protect 1750 linear feet of stream riparian habitat, reduce erosion, and keep nutrients out of the stream. The SWCD is also focused on reducing manure runoff through promotion of good manure management and use of Adapt N and Field Forecasting Tool through various outreach venues. A proposal to expand this outreach was submitted to the Ohio EPA Environmental Education Grant Program.
  • Coordinating with representatives of local townships, Ashland University, Ashland City Council, Ashland County Commission, residents, business owners, Ohio EPA and other stakeholders to develop a Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy for the Lang Creek sub-watershed.
  • Secured a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts to employ a urban and education specialist. Plans are underway to host several urban conservation workshops and events. The grant will also allow the SWCD to install rain gardens and pollinator habitat at county head start centers.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Ashland County Health Department
  • Ashland County Planning
  • Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
  • Richland Soil and Water Conservation District
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Inspect HSTS 8 Inspections
Plant Cover/Manure Crop 880 Acres
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 20.2 Acres
Implement Conservation Tillage Practices 714.5 Acres
Install Livestock Exclusion Fencing 1759 Linear Feet
Conduct Soil Testing 20 Tests
Execute Landowner Cost-share Contracts 10 Cost-share agreements
Develop Brochures / Fact Sheets 5 Brochures / Fact sheets
Conduct Public Meeting 5 Public Meetings
Develop Press Releases 10 Press Releases
Create/Maintain Websites 1 Website
Develop Displays 5 Displays
Conduct Field Days - land owner/manager 1 Days
Conduct Workshops 1 Workshop
Conduct Training 1 Training
Newsletters 2 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Sunrise Cooperative $500   Education/Outreach
Ohio Farm Bureau - Water Quality Initiative Grant $1,200   Agricultural Runoff
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District - Livestock Exclusion $10,720   Habitat Protection
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District - Cover Crop (1st time) $488   Agricultural Runoff
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District - Cover Crop $7,058   Agricultural Runoff
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District - Pilot Soil Heath Program $3,983   Agricultural Runoff
Total $23,949   

 

Killbuck Creek Watershed

GRANT START July 1, 2018

SPONSOR

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District

Karen Gotter, Watershed Coordinator

330-600-3107

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Nutrient management
  • Riparian restoration
  • Livestock exclusion
  • Stormwater management
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Developing a stream restoration project on a section of Rush Run, which is currently undergoing extensive aggradation* resulting in frequent flooding of county roads. While very costly for the county, the build up of sediment in the stream also causes water quality and stream habitat problems for aquatic wildlife. The SWCD partnered with the county engineers office to secure project designs, and funding opportunities are being pursued.

*Aggradation (or alluviation) is the term used in geology for the increase in land elevation, typically in a river system, due to the deposition of sediment. Aggradation occurs in areas in which the supply of sediment is greater than the amount of material that the system is able to transport. 

  • Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District awarded $10,000 to restore a stream through the Holmes County Home property with livestock exclusion fencing, watering systems, spring development, and two stream crossings. The project will also include a walking path adjacent to the stream, which will provide educational opportunity for visitors. The fencing and watering system components of this project are complete and the stream restoration will be completed when weather permits.
  • Coordinating with the Holmes County Planning Department to begin documenting stormwater controls and verifying their function. Also coordinating with the Holmes County GIS Department and the East Central Ohio Building Authority to develop a stormwater control inventory to be made available to multiple county departments. The SWCD provides educational materials to landowners visiting the office for stormwater permits. All lot splits, replats and subdivisions in the county are reviewed by the SWCD, which results in applicants receiving best management practice advice during construction.
  • Demonstrated the rainfall simulator during a quarterly meeting of the Holmes County Township Trustees Association and talked about water quality and quantity impacts to road, ditch and stormwater projects.
  • Participating in a multi-agency coordination effort led by Holmes County Emergency Management to identify initiatives and projects for collaborative implementation.  The planning department identified land acquisition and wetland creation efforts along the main stem of the Killbuck for a flooding mitigation and recreation opportunity. The SWCD will stay engaged to support proposal development.
  • Promoting agricultural conservation apps, On-Field Ohio! and OnMRK. Hosted a multi-county winter manure management update meeting for producers. Dr. Libby Dayton provided an overview of the On-Field Ohio! app for estimating erosion and phosphorus runoff risk, and Rob Clendening of Knox SWCD and Farm Bureau promoted the OnMRK app for simplifying manure and fertilizer application record keeping. 2,581 acres have been signed up for the OnMRK app and 1407 acres for the On-Field Ohio!

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Boy Scouts
  • Holmes County Health Department
  • Holmes County Home
  • Holmes County Planning Department
  • Inn at Honey Creek
  • Killbuck Watershed Land Trust
  • Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Restore Streambank Using Bio-engineering 50 Linear Feet
Restore Streambank by Recontouring or Regrading 2070 Linear Feet
Plant Grasses in Riparian Areas 200.1 Acres
Remove/treat Invasive Species 50 Acres
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 400 Trees
Restore In-Stream Habitat Structures 115 Linear Feet
Restore Natural Flow 233 Linear Feet
Plant Wetland Species 0.5 Acres
Acquire Riparian Conservation Easements 304 Acres
Repair or Replace Traditional HSTS 25 HSTS
Plant Cover/Manure Crops 8020 Acres
Develop Whole Farm Management Plans 2 Plans
Conduct Soil Testing 60 Tests
Execute Landowner Cost-Share Contracts 156 Cost-share Agreements
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 80 Acres
Install Grassed Waterways 0.47 Acres
Conduct Soil Tests 343 Tests
Develop Brochures/Fact-sheets 4 Brochures/Fact-sheets
Conduct Public Meetings 1 Public Meetings
Develop Press Releases 26 Develop Press Releases
Create Maintain Websites 4 Website
Conduct Stream Clean-ups 1 Clean-ups
Conduct Field Days - land owner/manager 1 Field Days
Provide Technical Assistance to Group(s) 4 Group
Deliver On-site Technical Assistance 53 Site Visits

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Debris Removal Program - MWCD $5,543   Habitat Restoration
Livestock Exclusion & Stream Protection Program - MWCD $10,000   Habitat Restoration
Ohio Environmental Education Fund - Ohio EPA $1,300   Education/Outreach
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District $210   Agricultural Runoff
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District $51,000   Agricultural Runoff
NRCS - Environmental Quality Incentive Program, Disaster Cover Crop Program $19,182   Agricultural Runoff
Total $87,235   

 

Little Beaver Creek Watershed 

GRANT START July 1, 2016

SPONSOR

Columbiana Soil and Water Conservation District

Josh Emanuelson, Watershed Coordinator

330-332-8732

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Livestock exclusion
  • Stream restoration
  • Low-head dam removal
  • Riparian restoration
  • Habitat restoration
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Lisbon Dam was removed from the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek in February 2017 as a component of the Rutgers Organics / Nease Chemical site mitigation. With a donation from the Columbiana SWCD and participation from Village of Lisbon 125 trees and shrubs were purchased and planted to stabilize 750 feet of streambank. Sixteen volunteers assisted with the planting while learning the importance of riparian vegetation.
  • Discussed removal of the Pritchard Ave low-head dam with a village council member, and coordinating with engineers to estimate cost of construction in order to investigate funding options.
  • Development of a Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (NPS-IS) watershed plan is underway for the Brush Creek sub-watershed.
  • Initiated construction on a large project on Brush Creek, headwaters of the West Fork of Little Beaver Creek to exclude livestock from 3000 linear feet of stream. A buffer will also be maintained to reduce streambank erosion, nutrient runoff and sedimentation.
  • Planning continues for a project to exclude approximately 1500 linear feet of stream of an unnamed tributary to the West Fork of Little Beaver Creek. Also, initiated discussion with landowners to protect riparian corridor along the Middle Fork tributary. The Western Reserve land Conservancy protected 91 acres in Elk Run sub-watershed.

  • Coordination to replace a greenway bike trail culvert is ongoing. $66,000 has been raised for the project with the support of Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership, National Fish Passage Partnership, USFWS Partners program, ODNR, and a Western Reserve Land Conservancy/Dominion Energy Watershed Spotlight grant. Other funding opportunities are being investigated.
  • Hosted a canoe tour of the national and state scenic river section of the West Fork of the Little Beaver Creek. Local elected officials and agency leaders attended.
  • As a member of the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, assisted with installation and maintenance of 25 "Hellbender Hut" artificial habitat structures, discussed hut molding with a local concrete supplier, and created a habitat sedimentation display for the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center
  • Columbiana County Health Department
  • Little Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River Advisory Council
  • Little Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center
  • ODNR Division of Forestry
  • ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft
  • ODNR Scenic Rivers 
  • Ohio EPA
  • Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. EPA
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Dam Removal 2 Dams
Pasture and Hayland Planting 15.8 Acres
Acquire Riparian Conservation Easement 109 Acres
Inspect Home Sewage Treatment Systems 565 Inspections
Repair or Replace Home Sewage Treatment Systems 119 HSTS
Plant Cover/Manure Crops 237 Acres
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 136 Acres
Develop Whole Farm Management Plans 96.6 Acres
Implement Prescribed & Conservation Grazing Practices 19.3 Acres
Install Alternative Water Supplies 1 Supplies
Install Grassed Waterways 20.4 Acres
Install Roof Water Management Practices 2 Practices
Execute Landowner Cost-share Contracts 4 Contracts
Conduct Public Meetings 4 Meetings
Develop Displays 1 Display
Conduct Tours 1 Tour
Conduct Workshops 4 Workshop
Conduct Stream Clean-ups 1 Clean-ups
Conduct Training 4 Training

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Western Reserve Land Conservancy / Dominion Watershed Mini Grant $1,500   Habitat Restoration
Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership $5,000   Habitat Restoration
Columbiana County Federation of Conservation Clubs $800   Habitat Restoration
Total $7,300   

 

Lower Auglaize River Watershed

GRANT START July 1, 2019

SPONSOR

Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District

Patrick Troyer, Watershed Coordinator

419-399-3841

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Agricultural nutrient management
  • Stream and wetland restoration
  • Septic system upgrades
  • Soil health practices
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paulding SWCD is actively promoting and locally administering cost-share to producers for a range of nutrient management practices through the ODA Lake Erie Phosphorus Reduction Program and H2Ohio.
  • Precision nutrient placement equipment was purchased by the SWCD with a grant from the U.S. EPA through the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Despite the wet fall, the equipment was used on 116 acres.
  • Developing two waterways totaling 3,106 feet of gully erosion abatement. One is in Sixmile Creek watershed funded with NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program, and  the other in Flatrock Creek funded with USDA Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program incentives.
  • Coordinating with the Paulding County Health Department and Ohio EPA to identify and abate pollution from home sewage. Four instances of sewage entering waters of the state were discovered and reported.
  • Received a Lake Erie Restoration Fund grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission of $41,000 to support development of NPS-IS watershed plans. Technical document preparation is being completed by a consultant while Paulding SWCD leads stakeholder involvement in the planning process.
  • Established a pollinator prairie garden a the Black Swamp Nature Center.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • City of Defiance Stormwater Division
  • Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Ohio EPA
  • Paulding County Health Department
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Plant Cover/Manure Crops 7600 Acres
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 7600 Acres
Implement Conservation Tillage Practices 116 Acres
Conduct Soil Testing 7600 Acres
Inspect HSTS 24 Inspections
Conduct Public Meetings 7 Meetings
Create/Maintain Websites 4 Websites
Conduct Stream Clean-ups 1 Clean-ups
Conduct Field Days - Landowner / Manager 1 Field Days
Conduct Training 2 Training Sessions
Develop Manuals 1 Manuals
Develop Newsletters 1 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
Ohio Lake Erie Commission - Lake Erie Protection Fund $41,400 Watershed Planning
Total $41,400  

 

Swan Creek Watershed

SPONSOR

GRANT START July 1, 2018

Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District

Joey Sink-Oiler, Watershed Coordinator

419-893-1966 ext. 1#

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Nutrient management
  • Riparian restoration
  • Agricultural runoff prevention
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Partnered to submitted two riparian habitat protection and restoration project proposals. The first was submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking funding to identify and protect flood-prone areas in Lucas County. An inventory of parcels currently available for purchase was developed. The second proposal was a result of partnering with University of Toledo engineering students to develop design and cost estimates for wetland and riparian habitat restoration in the Heilman Ditch sub-watershed.
  • Worked extensively with local officials on the new Lucas County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which established the Lucas SWCD as a coordinating agency for riparian and wetland habitat restoration and protection, and assisting townships with policies to restrict development in flood-prone areas.
  • The SWCD continues to work with four horse stable owners utilizing the district's state-certified Blue Creek Equine Composting Facility. Initiated development of nutrient management plans for each stable and conducting site visits. Over 100 cubic yards of manure as been removed from the Swan Creek watershed and composted to Ohio EPA standards for distribution to local community gardens.
  • Expanded the Ag BMP Incentive Program from the Heilman Ditch sub-watershed to the entire of Swan Creek watershed. Recent work resulted in agreements with seven producers in the Swan Creek watershed to install water management structures, cover crops, blind inlets, and vegetated buffers. Sources of funds for these practices include: Ohio EPA Lake Erie Tributary Program, Lake Erie Phosphorus Reduction Program and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. The SWCD is focused on developing farm conservation plans with the goal of implementing all the water quality conservation needs on those farms in the watershed. The SWCD is also actively promoting farmer enrollment in H2Ohio agricultural conservation incentives.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Green Ribbon Initiative
  • Maumee State Forest
  • Metroparks Toledo
  • Oak Openings Regional Conservancy
  • Partners for Clean Streams
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • TLC Rain Garden Initiative
  • TLC Sustainabiliy Commission
  • TMACOG
  • Toledo Rotary Water Quality Committee

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Restore Streambank by Recontouring or Regrading 5280 Linear Feet
Plant Prairie Grasses in Riparian Areas 147 Acres
Remove/treat Invasive Species 197 Acres
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 17 Trees
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 65 Acres
Restore Stream Channel 1630 Linear Feet
Reconnect Wetland to Stream 8 Acres
Reconstruct & Restore Wetlands 20 Acres
Plant Wetland Species 20 Acres
Acquire Wetland Conservation Easements 47 Acres
Plant Cover/Manure Crops 3,270 Acres
Install Managed Drainage System 350 Acres
Install Erosion & Sediment Control Structures 9 Structures
Construct 2-stage Channel 300 Linear Feet
Install Grassed Waterways 3 Acres
Install Vegetated Buffer Strips 1900 Linear Feet
Implement Manure Transfer Practices 77 Acres
Execute Landowner Cost-share Contracts 10 Cost-share Agreements
Develop Displays 2 Displays
Develop Brochures/Fact Sheets 8 Brochures/Fact Sheets
Conduct Watershed Festivals 1 Festival
Conduct Public Meeting 5 Meetings
Develop Press Releases 10 Press Releases
Create/Maintain Websites 7 Website
Conduct Tours 14 Tours
Conduct Tours via Canoe 10 Tours
Conduct Stream Clean-ups 12 Clean-ups
Conduct Field Days - land owner/manager 2 Days
Stencil Storm Drains 1 Drains
Conduct Workshops 10 Workshops
Provide Technical Assistance to Groups 2 Groups
Deliver On-site Technical Assistance 25 Site Visits
Develop Newsletters 29 Issues
Adoption of Local Conservation Statutes 12 Jurisdictions

Yellow Creek and Cross Creek Watersheds

GRANT START July 1, 2016

SPONSOR

Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District

740-264-9780

PRIORITIES

  • Watershed planning
  • Riparian restoration & protection
  • Stream restoration & protection
  • Wetland restoration & protection
  • Low-head dam removal
  • Improve stream access
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Coordinating a habitat protection and restoration effort with the landowner of the Old Allmon Grist Mill 15-acre property, which includes 1550 linear feet of Yellow Creek flowing through. The site needs erosion control, but is home to a large hellbender salamander population and a consistent source of eggs for the Ohio Hellbender Partnership's species reintroduction program.
  • Remained an active participant with the Ohio Hellbender Partnership, and continued efforts to preserve a population of the Eastern Hellbender salamander. This includes working with the local university to construct artificial housing for the hellbender salamanders and place them in streams. The units are made in Jefferson County, which has added benefits of increased awareness and a boost for the local economy. Fifteen of the artificial housing units have been purchased and are being installed in the stream.
  • Working with the Village of Salineville on an initial plan to remove the Riley Run low-head dam, which includes a perpetual conservation easement to protect the riparian corridor and 15 acres of surrounding landscape adjacent to the dam owned by the village. The village would like to have the dam removed, however, the village is not able to provide financial support for the project. Meetings have been held with Rosebud Coal Mining, who is working with an environmental consultant to determine project cost. Potential project funding has been discussed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Developing a plan to restore a recreational access point on Yellow Creek near Bergholz that contains 13 acres of property, and in negotiations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding funding for riparian restoration. Discussions have been initiated with property owners to add primitive kayak launches on their properties, which will also include riparian plantings and stream bank stabilization.
  • Facilitating the donation of a 100-acre property to the Jefferson SWCD to be used as a conservation site and outdoor classroom. The property contains a half mile of Cedar Lick Creek, several minor unnamed tributaries and a moderately sized wetland. A Clean Ohio Greenspace grant of $590,000 was awarded for this project.
  • Partnered with the Jefferson County Health Department to implement a $175,000 grant from Ohio EPA to replace 12 poorly functioning Home Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS).
  • Coordinating with local officials to investigate and recommend action regarding abatement of landfill leachate contamination in Cross Creek watershed.

IMPLEMENTATION REPORTING PARTNERS

  • Eastern Ohio Grazing Council
  • JB Green Team
  • Jefferson County Engineer
  • Jefferson County Health Department
  • Jefferson County Sheriff
  • Ohio EPA
  • ODNR - Division of Forestry
  • ODNR - Division of Wildlife
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Ohio Hellbender Partnership
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • University of Steubenville
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy

IMPLEMENTATION

Practices Values Units
Restore Streambank by Recontouring or Regrading 127 Linear Feet
Plant Grasses in Riparian Areas 6 Acres
Plant Prairie Grasses in Riparian Areas 2 Acres
Remove / Treat Invasive Species 32 Acres
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 167 Trees
Plant Trees or Shrubs in Riparian Areas 7.6 Acres
Restore Stream Channel 142 Linear Feet
Install In-stream Habitat Structures 57 Structures
Construct "self-forming stream" or "over-wide ditch" 67 Linear Feet
Restore Natural Flow 126 Linear Feet
Reconnect Wetland to Stream 0.83 Acres
Plant Wetland Species 2.25 Acres
Dispose of Debris 96 Cubic Yards
Install Slag Leach Beds 3 Beds
Install Limestone Channels 300 Linear Feet
Reclaim Abandoned Mine Drainage Wetlands 3 Acres
Construct Acid Mine Drainage Wetland 3 Acres
Acquire Riparian Conservation Easements 205 Acres
Inspect Home Sewage Treatment Systems 143 Inspections
Repair or Replace Traditional HSTS 105 HSTS
Repair or Replace Alternative HSTS 13 HSTS
Plant Cover / Manure Crops 606 Acres
Install Nitrogen Reduction Practices 24 Acres
Install Control Drainage System 119 Acres
Develop Nutrient Management Plans 25 Acres
Develop Whole Farm Management Plans 968 Acres
Implement Conservation Tillage Practices 67 Acres
Implement Prescribed & Conservation Grazing Practices 580 Acres
Install Heave Use Feeding Pads 6 Pads
Install Grassed Waterways 14 Acres
Install Sinkhole Stabilization Structures 1 Structures
Conduct Soil Testing 18 Tests
Construct Animal Waste Storage Structures 1 Structures
Execute Landowner Cost-share Contracts 42 Cost-share Agreements
Develop Brochures / Fact Sheets 19 Brochures / Fact Sheets
Conduct Public Meeting 12 Public Meetings
Develop Press Releases 2 Press Releases
Create / Maintain Website 1 Websites
Develop Displays 7 Displays
Conduct Tours 3 Tours
Conduct Stream Clean-ups 4 Clean-ups
Conduct Field Days - land owner / manager 15 Days
Conduct Workshops 10 Workshops
Provide Technical Assistance to Groups 10 Groups
Deliver On-site Technical Assistance 42 Site Visits
Develop Newsletters 11 Issues

OTHER FUNDING

Source Amount Purpose
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service $2,200   Habitat Restoration
Ohio EPA $200,000   Septic Systems
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service $14,000   Habitat Restoration
Ohio Public Works $590,000   Habitat Protection
Total $804,022   

 

 

Cumulative Fiscal Status and Benefits

Thanks to funding from the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Ohio EPA, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (divisions of Mineral Resources Management, Wildlife, and Office of Coastal Management) $13 million has been awarded to support grants statewide 2001 through 2019.

 

Program Revenue 2001-2019

Ohio EPA $4,567,000
Soil and Water Conservation $4,565,000
Mineral Resources Management $1,897,000
Division of Wildlife $1,326,000
Office of Coastal Management $729,000
Total $13,084,000

 

During the same period, watershed coordinators working with stakeholders and partner agencies have leveraged $117.7 million for projects to improve and protect the water quality in their watersheds. The graphs provided below illustrate total leveraged funds by source and project type. The data used to develop this summary information is available for download from this page.

 

Funding Leveraged by Source 2001-2019

 

Funding Leveraged by Project Type 2001-2019