Ohio Brook Trout Photo by Ohio EPAIn 2011, CRWP was awarded a $46,000 grant from US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership to restore and assess a segment of Sulphur Springs in Solon and Bentleyville as a potential site for the reintroduction of Ohio brook trout.  CRWP partnered with Cleveland Metroparks and Emerald Necklace Chapter of Trout Unlimited in November 2012 to restore 400 linear feet of stream and riparian corridor that was impacted by a historic impoundment. Cleveland Metroparks is monitoring the stream to assess impacts of urbanization on stream temperature, flow, and sediment.

The lack of tree canopy in the stream segment raises the temperature of this coldwater stream

Streambanks along the breached dam in the restoration area will be graded back to restore a more natural hydrology to the stream

CRWP developed educational materials and provided recommendations to residents and communities on stormwater management, local development codes, land protection, and riparian reforestation. Future stormwater retrofits, restoration, and protection projects may be identified as a result of this project.

Grading the streambank allows the stream to
access its floodplain
Stabilizing the streambank
Volunteers plant trees to provide shade to the stream Photo by Mike Durkalec, Cleveland Metroparks
Downstream of the restoration area is this section of stream with a tree canopy that keeps the stream cool.
Restoring the upstream section will help preserve this high-quality habitat.

The Sulphur Springs restoration project was selected as one of Ohio’s featured projects for America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO).  The AGO is a nationwide initiative through the Department of the Interior to reconnect Americans with their natural spaces.

CRWP and Cleveland Metroparks coordinated with US Fish and Wildlife Service representatives on integrating the objectives of the AGO with our project goals as part of our education and outreach strategy to residents of the Sulphur Springs subwatershed.

General information about the AGO program: http://americasgreatoutdoors.gov
Interactive map of AGO projects: http://www.doi.gov/Americas-Great-Outdoors-Highlighted-River-Projects.cfm

Sulphur Springs AGO Project Factsheet: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/upload/

Partial funding for this program is supported by a Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.