Catawba Landing is one of seven marinas along Lake Erie’s south shore to receive funding for underwater structures designed to attract fish,
Edwin Hammett, Executive Director of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, said the Ohio Sea Grant College Program of The Ohio State University is receiving $9,900 for a project to build complex fish habitat structures in the marinas.
He said the structures will be constructed with polyvinyl chloride material in relatively shallow waters to help protect smaller fish.
Funding for placing the structures in two marinas in Sandusky, O., the Sandusky Harbor Marina and Venetian Marina, is also included in the project.
Hammett said the other marinas are located to the east of Sandusky.
The commission also announced the University of Toledo Civil Engineering Department will receive $14,998 for a project that will enable the detection of phosphates in the lake by improving a recently developed micro-sensor.
The sensing tool will be refined and tested to measure lower levels of phosphate and soluble reactive phosphorus.
The enhanced measurements will improve researchers’ ability to manage phosphorus in the lake, Hammett said.
The source of the grants, the Lake Erie Protection Fund, was established to help finance research projects aimed at restoring the environment, economy, and recreational opportunities of Lake Erie and its watershed.
The fund is financed by motorists through the purchase of the “Erie…Our Great Lake” license plates that display the Marblehead Lighthouse or renewal of the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse plate. Fifteen dollars from the sales of the plates is allocated for the fund.
New erosion maps
Property owners along Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline will receive letters after the first of the year identifying if their land had been located in a coastal erosion area.
Distribution of the letters will start a 120-day comment period for an updated set of coastal erosion maps originally released in 1998.
Under Ohio law, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is required to measure coastal recession rates along the state’s lake shoreline.
Land areas predicted to erode within a 30-year period, if additional approved erosion control measures are not completed, are included in designated coastal erosion areas – defined by state law as beginning at the water’s edge and extending landward a specific distance based on the rate of recession along that stretch of bluff, bank, or beach ridge.
The 1998 coastal erosion area designations and maps will be in effect and enforced for construction and property sales until the 2010 maps are completed, which is expected in early 2011.
Land owners considering a construction project along the shore or selling littoral property may visit the ODNR Web site: www.ohiodnr.com/coastal or call 419 626-7980 for information.
Information about the preliminary 2010 maps is available at the ODNR Division of Geological Survey’s Web site: www.ohiodnr.com/geosurvey or by calling (614) 265-6595.