$204,000 given for wetland buffer
By Ignazio Messina
Oregon was awarded $204,000 in state funds last week to
help cover the cost of purchasing 57 acres along Wynn
Road to relocate a ditch, and, in the process, create
a buffer for wetlands.
Moving the ditch, which runs between Cedar Point and
Bay Shore roads, would include establishing a wetland
system that will flow into two existing ponds, city officials
Ponds created by the project will allow sediment to settle,
preventing it from running into Maumee Bay and eventually
Lake Erie, said Thomas Hays, assistant city law director.
Environmentalists and city officials have long cited the
need for better wetlands buffering.
The plan calls to dig a ditch 300 feet to the east of
Wynn and to build a buffer mound between the road and
the relocated ditch. Plans include a 10-foot-wide bike
The city applied for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
grant in August. The cost of relocating the ditch is still
uncertain, but the grant money should cover the majority
of the project.
The city initially wanted to move the ditch away from
Wynn because of erosion to the pavement, but researchers
at the University of Toledo Research Center saw environmental
benefits in the move, Mr. Hays said.
Oregon was one of seven communities along the Lake Erie
coastline to receive state money last week. The grant
is part of $884,220 in Great Lakes Coastal Restoration
grants to protect and improve area ecology, said the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources.