Map of the projected project as of June 2014 by the Army Corp of Engineers.
The Army Corp of Engineers has released an update to their Coastal Wetland Restoration Project for the City of Port Clinton. The affected area of the project is west of the City Beach on Perry Street, east of Derby Pond at Waterworks Park, north of Perry Street. Originally the project was listed as a $2.5 million dollar project, but after some reconsideration, the bill for the project, as proposed now, has dropped to $1,257,500.
“To save cash and to be equally affective, the ponds will be deeper so there will still be water exchange,” said Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone. “Originally there was a pipe system that was going to go in, but it was too costly.”
Right now the coastal wetland in the projected area currently provides little quality habitat for coastal species, including migratory birds. The area now is characterized by an abundance of non-native, invasive plant species, including phragmite. The existing wetland is also cut off from external water sources of surface water, such as upland lake connections, that would provide adequate water input and exchange.