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The Lower Black River Habitat Restoration effort is a consortium of ecological restoration projects along the lower Black River, in the City of Lorain, Ohio. To date, over $14 million in grant funds have been awarded to the City and the County to restore habitat along the river. The projects will result in restoration of over 26 acres of active floodplain wetlands, 16 acres of upland riparian areas, and 7,000 linear feet of eroding river banks. The projects will also improve in-stream habitat for fish, including over 7,000 linear feet of fish habitat shelves, rootwad revetments, and boulder clusters. The projects will also remove invasive species and install over 75,000 native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.

Portions of the effort have been funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the Ohio EPA; the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. EPA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and Ohio EPA; and a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) through Ohio EPA.

Public outreach and education efforts will introduce the fifth annual Black River Kayak-A-Thon (see below), the first of its kind on the Black. This event will be coupled with the Lorain International Festival on June 27, 2015. The Kayak-A-Thon and other public outreach activities are designed to get the public involved and educated about ecological restoration efforts that are underway to improve fish habitat, recreational opportunities, and water quality efforts in the lower Black River.

 
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The fifth annual Black River Kayak-A-Thon will be held on June 27th, 2015. This event will include competitive races as well as a casual float for those who want to take their time and view the restoration projects. This event is being held to encourage recreation on the Black River and celebrate the restoration efforts that are underway along the river.

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA):

Black River Restoration Project

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ARRA floodplain
 

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Lower Black River
Fish Habitat Restoration Phase I

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natural bank stabilization
 

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Disposal of Legacy Steel Mill Contaminants and Restoration of Riparian Habitat in the Black River

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Lower Black River
Habitat Restoration Phase II

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
and Lorain County

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Invasive Vegetation Control in the Lower Black River Area of Concern

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United States Environmental Protection Agency
(USEPA) and Lorain County

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Invasive Vegetation Control in the Lower Black River Area of Concern - Phase II

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Lower Black River
Habitat Restoration Phase III

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Supplemental Environmental Project:

Black River Riparian Restoration

 

 

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area of concern
 

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources & U.S. Forest Service

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Lower Black River Heron Rookery Restoration Project - Phase I

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heron rookery restoration
 

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Lakeview Beach Green
Infrastructure Project

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Lower Black River Heron Rookery Restoration Project:

Phase II Assessment

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Black River Landing and Heron Rookery

Habitat Restoration Project

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related links and events
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  City of Lorain, Ohio
NOAA Great Lakes Restoration
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Ohio EPA Stimulus Projects
Black River Remedial Action Plan (RAP)
USEPA Areas of Concern
Lower Black River Ecological Master Plan
Lorain Port Authority
Lorain International Festival
Lorain County Metro Parks
Lorain Growth Corporation
National Wildlife Federation
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