The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District has entered into a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement with Lake County, Ohio initiating an Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study on the Arcola Creek Watershed, July 23, 2015.
The purpose of the study is to address ecological problems and needs associated with the Arcola Creek watershed; and to develop a plan to enhance the functional capacity and biological integrity of Arcola Creek to restore water levels, provide riparian corridors, and improve in-stream habitat within the Arcola Creek watershed.
The feasibility study will evaluate potential corrective measures, which may include creation of riparian corridors, replacement of modification of culverts to allow for increased fish passage, and alternative methods that will allow for controlled water releases during dry periods to maintain important aquatic habitat year-round.
“Lake County has already completed a Watershed Action Plan (WAP) which is well thought out and contains plans they would like carry forward. The WAP is a great starting point for the recently signed cost share agreement between USACE, Buffalo District and Lake County,” said Mark L. Lester, USACE Buffalo District water resources planner. “Opportunities exist to further the research, restoration, and protection goals outlined in the WAP through USACE under Section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act.”
"The Lake County Stormwater Management Department is very excited to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study of the Arcola Creek Watershed,” said Timothy A. Miller Lake County Stormwater Management Department director. “Water quality issues are very important to the County and this study, along with the Watershed Action Plan, helps further our commitment to improving the watershed and the water bodies within it."
The cost share agreement was for $310,000 and will be cost shared 50% federal and 50% non-federal.
Release no. 15-020