Sheehy Announces State Dollars For Western Basin Clean-up Effort
Public partnership aims to clean waterway, reduce harmful lake algal blooms
June 06, 2016
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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the release of $355,000 in state funds for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to help improve water quality in the Port of Toledo and the western basin of Lake Erie. The Port Authority will partner with the City of Findlay to use a new silt collector system to capture and remove sediment and associated nutrients from the Blanchard River prior to its entry into the Maumee River and ultimately, the Port of Toledo commercial shipping channel.

“I am pleased the state is supporting this effort to help clean up the western basin of Lake Erie,” said Sheehy. “For over 100 years, the Port of Toledo has contributed the economic, recreational and cultural health of our region. Efforts like this will help ensure families and businesses continue to benefit from our greatest natural resource for years to come.” 

The new silt collector, which will be located adjacent to the Findlay up-ground reservoir and managed by the City of Findlay, will be used to remove sediment and nutrients from Maumee River tributaries that contribute to the growth of harmful algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie. The removed material will be dewatered and used for beneficial purposes such as soil conditioner and construction fill.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues contracts every year to dredge sections of the Maumee River and ship channel to maintain the federal navigation channel. If successful, the application of this silt collection technology on a basin-wide scale will reduce the amount of dredge material that must be removed from the Port of Toledo commercial shipping channel and may reduce nutrients that cause harmful algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie.

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