Metroparks Toledo recently completed two miles of stream restoration along three separate tributaries of Swan Creek under a $458,000 grant from Ohio EPA’s Maumee River Sediment Reduction project, funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. One of the tributaries is located in Swanton.
Completion of this restoration project will reduce annual sediment and nutrient loading in Swan Creek by an estimated 166 tons of sediment, 168 pounds of phosphorus and 334 pounds of nitrogen.
The project, which was implemented by Metroparks staff along with the Davey Resource Group, included invasive species removal, stream bank stabilization, creation of new stream channels, expansion of existing floodplains, placement of instream habitat and reestablishment of streamside forests and prairies.
At the entrance to the Beach Ridge Area at Oak Openings Preserve in Swanton, Neis Ditch was restored from a channelized ditch lined with invasive reed canary grass into a naturally vegetated stream channel.
In total, 630 feet of new stream channel was restored, three new acres of floodplain wetlands were created, 40 tons of stone was installed for instream habitat, and 1,200 trees and shrubs were planted along the new stream.