City of Toledo receives a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant

The City of Toledo is pleased to accept a grant of $175,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The funding from this grant will support soil samplings and a study to determine the feasibility for restoring a costal wetland at the Penn 7 confined disposal facility (CDF) on the banks of the Maumee near Downtown Toledo.

Coastal wetlands are important to the environment and provide many essential services to the ecosystem that surrounds them. Coastal wetland habitats provide a nursery for juvenile fish, attract other wildlife, and can help prevent nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen from reaching the Maumee River.

“This is positive news for the City of Toledo and would improve the aesthetics and function of our Maumee riverbank. We are always looking for environmentally sound solutions to restore essential habitats and improve our source water quality”, said Mayor Hicks-Hudson.

If the site characterization and feasibility study have a positive report, the City will apply for additional funding from NOAA to create the coastal wetlands habitat at the Penn 7 site.

Posted by Stacy Weber on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.