Kaptur applauds more than $650,000 in federal funds for restoration efforts in Great Lakes Basin
Toledo, OH – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, congratulated two Ohio projects that have been awarded over $650,000 from Sustain Our Great Lakes, a public-private partnership that supports habitat restoration in the Great Lakes Basin, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
“I congratulate the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District and the Nature Conservancy on receiving these awards to restore and enhance our Great Lakes ecosystem,” said Kaptur. “This is a great example of our local communities, who are on the front lines of caring for our Lakes, working with federal partners to move forward. The funds for these projects will protect this precious natural resource and the drinking water of millions of Americans.”
The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s Mirror Valley Brook Trout Habitat Restoration received $50,000 from the NFWF Award and, along with matching funds, will enhance road crossings and streambanks to reduce sediment impacts to brook trout habitat with a total project cost of $80,099.
The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Restoring Coastal Wetlands at Toussaint State Wildlife Area received $608,810 from the NFWF Award, and along with matching funds, will restore and enhance approximately 125 acres of emergent wetlands and lowland shrub wetlands within Western Lake Erie’s coastal zone at the Toussaint State Wildlife Area, with a total project cost of over $1.3 million.
Additional information about the funded Ohio projects and the full 2017 Sustain Our Great Lakes 2017 Grant Slate can be found here.