Great Lakes
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District contractors install a check valve at Wolf Creek in Barberton, OH, May 13, 2020. This was performed as part of the Ohio-Erie Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species project in Akron, Ohio. The project will prevent or reduce the probability of nuisance species like Asian Carp being able to move from the Tuscarawas River Watershed into the Cuyahoga River Watershed via the Ohio-Erie Canal. Andre' Hampton / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Great Lakes - Ohio & Erie Canal Project Complete, Project Team to Host Webinar

The Ohio & Erie Canal project delivery team will host a webinar October 15th at 2pm EST, to celebrate the completion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier Project, that has the primary benefit of protecting the highly valuable commercial and recreational fisheries in Ohio and the Great Lakes.

Construction of physical barriers was initiated by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the spring of 2019 with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the ACRCC’s Asian Carp Action Plan. Close coordination of the study, design, and construction was maintained with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Summit County Metro Parks.

To join the webinar:
https://usace.webex.com/meet/Buffalo.Public.Affairs
• Once you log in, enter a phone number and the system will call you to connect audio.

Speakers for the event include:
• Mike Weimer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Co-Chair Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee
• Chris Korleski, Director EPAs Great Lakes National Program Office, Co-Chair Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee
• John Navarro, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
• Frank O’Connor, USACE Buffalo District Project Manager

Agenda for the event will be:
• Project overview presentation
• Question and answer session

Storymap:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/0e941095f4ea456690ab18ee497a1ab3

“Keeping Asian carp out of Lake Erie and its tributaries is one of the most pressing challenges facing the lake. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is one of the best tools we have to clean up our lakes, improve water quality, and keep invasive species from damaging this delicate ecosystem. I applaud federal, state, and local partners for their work to build the Ohio & Erie Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier Project,” said US Senator Sherrod Brown, OH.

Read more.