Watershed Coordinator Grant Supports Erie County Watersheds
The Ohio Watershed Coordinator Grant Program celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010 and continues to thrive by adapting to meet the needs of local watershed organizations and communities. Erie County is just one example of the program’s many successful partnerships.
The Old Woman Creek Watershed is a small tributary that flows through Huron and Erie counties on its way to Lake Erie. Old Woman Creek is home to the first Great Lakes National Estuarine Research Reserve in Huron. This watershed is one of several small tributaries being managed as part of the Firelands Coastal Tributaries (FCT) Watershed Coordinator Grant and Partnership. This program has emerged as one of Ohio’s most successful watershed partnerships.
The major accomplishments in the first years of this watershed initiative included the development and full endorsement of the Old Woman Creek Watershed Action Plan, sustainable funding for the watershed coordinator position, successful grant funded demonstration projects that include rain gardens, rain barrel workshops and riparian plantings. The watershed coordinator has also lead the development of a thriving volunteer water quality monitoring program in the Pipe Creek watershed.
Partners for this initiative include Erie SWCD, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, Friends of Old Woman Creek, Friends of Pipe Creek and the FCT Watershed Coordinator. The Erie SWCD is the employer of the watershed coordinator, The Friends of Old Woman Creek provide the matching funds, The Friends of Pipe Creek provide citizen volunteers and the Old Woman Creek Reserve provides decades of water quality data and a local hub in the Old Woman Creek Watershed.