Port Clinton Coastal Wetland Restoration - Scoping Information
Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that Federal agenciesinitiate “an early and open process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and foridentifying the significant issues related to the proposed action.” The purpose of this ScopingInformation Packet is to disseminate information regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers(USACE) - Buffalo District’s proposed Port Clinton Coastal Wetland Restoration Project, and toelicit any concerns of potential affected parties. This information has been prepared as part of the formal scoping process pursuant to NEPA and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR Part 1500 et seq.).The USACE - Buffalo District is initiating the study under Section 506 of the Water ResourcesDevelopment Act (WRDA) of 2000, as amended, also known as the Great Lakes Fisheries andEcosystem Restoration (GLFER) Authority to ascertain the feasibility of restoring and/orexpanding the ecological integrity of an existing coastal wetland on the Lake Erie shoreline inPort Clinton, Ohio.
Port Clinton lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie approximately 33 miles southeast of Toledo,Ohio and 65 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio (Figure 1 and Figure 2). The study area consists of three adjacent parks along a 0.8-mile stretch of waterfront just outside of the city of Port Clinton,Ohio. The proposed coastal wetland restoration and expansion project site lies just east of thePort Clinton Harbor and Federal navigation channel where the Portage River empties into LakeErie, and stretches east to Maple Street. The southern boundary of the site is East Perry Street(Figure 3).The project area is an approximately 12.2-acre existing coastal wetland and an approximately2.8-acre adjacent upland area residing within a 42-acre park complex that runs along 0.8 miles of southern Lake Erie shoreline. Sand and gravel beach habitat runs the entire length of the threeadjacent city owned parks. Waterworks Park sits at the western end of the site and partiallyboarders the Portage River. It is characterized by an unmaintained beach, playing fields, parkingarea with access to the harbor jetty, and a man-made fishing pond. The Port Clinton City Beachoccupies the eastern third of the study area and is characterized by a maintained bathing beach,maintained lawn and picnic area. Also, three storm sewer discharge facilities maintained by thecity are located on the City Beach portion of the project area. Waterworks Park and the PortClinton City Beach are connected by the Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve which was purchasedby the city in 2009. The city has entered into a land conservation agreement with the Black Swamp Conservancy in order to preserve the newly acquired parcel which includesapproximately 12 acres of emergent semi-permanently flooded coastal wetlands and a one-thirdmile sand beach.