The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) awarded PCS with a $1.36 million grant from to restore stream habitat, reduce erosion, enhance wetlands, and improve upland habitat along the upper Ottawa River, directly improving Lake Erie’s Western Basin. Along with the Boy Scouts of America, PCS partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers on a Habitat Restoration Master Plan to enhance this section of Ottawa River. PCS is expecting this restoration project on the to result in long‐term outcomes that will improve the Maumee River and Lake Erie habitat. Furthermore, the project will bring the Maumee Area of Concern closer to delisting the Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat BUI (BUI #14), the Degradation of Benthos (BUI #6), and Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations (BUI #3).
Camp Miakonda received another small injection of restoration work on the downstream side of the new Hartman Ditch culvert. Water flowing through the culvert had started to quickly drop off into Lake Sawyer, so a small Engineered Rock Riffle was added downstream of the culvert and the slope of the ditch was reduced to decrease the velocity of the water and ease the transition from stream to lake. Monitoring is reaching a close as EnviroScience collects, measures, and records insect populations around the area of restoration. All signs point to a healthy environment, as quality fish species return to Lake Sawyer and eager Boy Scouts prepare their fishing lines for the next season of camping. Last summer, eight educational signs were installed around the project area highlighting the work that was done, historical significance, native wildlife, and activities for scouts to do. These signs guide visitors around the work area in a fun, interactive way allowing scouts to do projects, help earn badges and appreciate nature more. We hope to purchase more educational materials for Camp Miakonda expanding how campers interact with the river, lake and streams for years to come.