|DELISTING AND RESTORATION ACTION PLAN -
Although the EPA acknowledged that fish populations and other impairments in most of the AOC had improved to a level where delisting for those BUIs in certain areas would be indicated, they declined to delist discrete sections of the AOC, preferring to wait until they could delist the entire AOC.
We are currently focusing on improving water quality and fish habitat in the ship channel and working in support of dam removal at the southern end of the Area of Concern and in Euclid Creek.
CUYAHOGA RELEAF is our new Urban Watershed Forestry program, designed to protect and restore streams by planting and improving riparian buffers and increasing the urban forest canopy. We have held forest cover and ordinance review workshops, tree planting projects and we are preparing riparian planting "kits" to support and promote tree canopy restoration.
HABITAT FOR HARD PLACES...restoring natural areas and creating new habitat for larval fish along the navigation channel. -
We are working on a comprehensive plan to restore habitat in the ship channel where the fish need it. In addition to the Scranton Peninsula Habitat project, for which we lead the habitat team, we are working with partners including Cleveland Metroparks, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and the Port Authority, and with funding support from ArcelorMittal, on various projects throughout the ship channel.
BIG CREEK WATERSHED PLAN
We have developed a plan for Big Creek that will serve as a basis for land use decisions in the watershed. The Big Creek Balanced Growth Plan was approved by the Lake Erie Commission in June, 2011, making the watershed communities eligible for state incentives and additional resources to assist in carrying out restoration projects and other programs.
FURNACE RUN WATERSHED PLAN -
The final draft of the Furnace Run Balanced Growth Plan will be delivered to the Furnace Run Partnership communities in summer of 2011, then presented to each community for its adoption.
BRANDYWINE CREEK WATERSHED PLANNING -
The Partnership is in place. Now we are working with communities in "The Brandywine," as well as Summit County planners, engineers and soil and water conservation district, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, on a Balanced Growth watershed management plan.
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING -
Maintaining momentum from the Year of the River, we continue to broaden our partnership base, reach out to local governments and engage more segments of the general population. We will continue our marketing and merchandising efforts to find ways to connect every individual to the watershed, whether via t-shirts or teachers.
WETLAND ASSESSMENT SURVEY and WETLAND PRIORITIZATION -
The latest prioritizations have been published for Big Creek (see web page.)
BUILDING BETTER WATERSHEDS: WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP & MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR CUYAHOGA RIVER TRIBUTARIES -
We have published The Watershed Book - a comprehensive user's guide to watersheds - and hope to deliver them with new workshops for new groups of municipalities.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH -
We continue to present programs to teachers, students, naturalists and educators as well as the general public.