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August 1997 through March 2001

Coastal Management Assistance Grants

Developed and implemented a pass-through grants program for local communities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Funded 33 projects (Cycles 1 through 5) for 17 local communities, three educational institutions, three nonprofit organizations, and one local park district. Each year, the OCMP conducts two workshops in October to inform potential applicants on Coastal Management Assistance Grants (CMAG) requirements and procedures. The total amount committed to date is $1,070,500.

Integrated Management

Established an Integrated Management Team (IMT) comprised of 12 Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions to coordinate coastal resource management within the department. This group, with leadership from the OCMP:

  • Formed four working committees: Building Public Support, Best of the Last (protection and acquisition of valuable coastal properties), Coastal Hazards, and Resource Inventories.
  • Developed and revised a Strategic Action Plan for coastal management.
  • Published a large format glossy summary, a smaller brochure for the general public, and a power-point presentation regarding the Strategic Action Plan.
  • Meets every other month and accomplished greatly improved coordination through the committees and working relationships thus established.

Public Education and Outreach

Initiated an Adopt-a-Beach program in cooperation with Division of Parks and Recreation to work with naturalists, community organizations, schools, and scout groups on beach clean-up and restoration projects. Conducted several LAKERS (Lake-Aware Kids Engaged in Relevant Science) environmental education programs at Old Woman Creek in collaboration with OWC staff.

Presented two sessions of a Public Trust Doctrine Workshop for state and local officials and other interested parties. The OCMP collaborated with the University of Toledo's Legal Institute of the Great Lakes to educate these individuals regarding the principles of public trust resource management and ODNR's administration of the PTD with respect to the public trust lands of Lake Erie.

Conducts Coast Weeks events annually during September, with activities such as "Explore the Shore Day, educational programs, and displays by the Divisions of Wildlife, Watercraft, Geological Survey, Water, and Real Estate and Land Management.

Hosting the International Conference Coastal Zone 2001 in Cleveland July 2001.

Supports the Division of Geological Survey in giving presentations on coastal erosion, lake levels, sand management, the OCMP, and other Lake Erie related issues.

Special Area Management Planning

Initiated development of a Special Area Management Plan in the Mentor Marsh watershed and surrounding communities and garnered active participation of approximately 50 stakeholders. The stakeholders formed an organization, the Marsh Area Regional Coalition (MARC), and formed five task forces: Wetlands and Biodiversity; Land Use; Water Quality; Shoreline Management and Nearshore Issues; and Recreation and Public Access. MARC has developed mission and vision statements, identified strategic issues, developed written issue characterizations. MARC is now on line at www.ncweb.net/org/marc

Research Reserve Coordination and Coastal Training Institute Development

The OCMP initiated a joint planning effort with the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve to foster improved coordination of activities and develop a joint operational plan. Staff from the OCMP and OWC-NERR identified six principal areas of focus on which they will work cooperatively: Coastal Training Institutes development; CZ01 planning; packaging and marketing our programs; developing more active and effective partnerships with GLERL, Ohio Sea Grant, Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office, and other research and educational institutions. The OCMP and OWC have joined with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program to develop a Coastal Training Institute to educate local officials, organizations, and planners regarding innovations in coastal resource management and Sustainable Community development.

Consistency

The OCMP has developed an efficient mechanism for conducting Federal and State Consistency reviews and a web-based mechanism for citizens to request that public meetings be held for specific projects.

Administration of the federal and state consistency provisions has:

Negotiated changes to a proposed dock structure and adjacent lands on Middle Bass Island, based on concerns shared by the Ohio Historical Society. The project was modified to increase visual buffers to prevent significant adverse impacts to the East Point Manor House, a National Register of Historic Places listed structure.

Ensured the integrity of the Marblehead Lighthouse through coordination with ODNR's Division of Parks and Recreation and the Ohio Historical Society.

Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program Development

Submitted the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program (CNPCP) to NOAA and U.S. EPA, jointly with Ohio EPA. Submitted to Ohio EPA for final review in December 1999. The document compiles Ohio's existing authorities and proposes additional initiatives to control nonpoint pollution in Ohio's coastal region. Recommended initiatives were developed in conjunction with extensive public participation in the updating of the statewide nonpoint source management program, coordination with relevant state agencies, and with subcommittees developed including Coastal Resources Advisory Council members.

Published an executive summary in December 2000 and and conducts regular outreach activities to familiarize local governments and others with the CNPCP. The CNPPCP Coordinator is providing technical assistance to the Mentor area SAMP and the Cumulative and Secondary Impacts projects as well as commenting on federal consistency determinations.

Permit Consolidation

Developed and began using a Consolidated Permit application combining Submerged Lands Lease, Coastal Erosion Area permit, and Shore Structure permit.

Cross-Training

The OCMP has conducted two Cross-Training workshops, through which more than 100 ODNR employees learned about the activities and programs of the 12 ODNR divisions involved in coastal resource management and Sustainable Community efforts in Ohio.

Cumulative and Secondary Impacts

OCMP staff are leading a project to assist state and local regulators in considering cumulative and secondary impacts of development within permitting processes. A consultant compiled data on permitting processes and permit actions, interviewed responsible staff regarding current efforts to track and monitor impacts of permitted actions, and summarized findings. A steering committee comprised of ODNR staff (Divisions of Real Estate and Land Management, Geological Survey, and Soil and Water Conservation) and Ohio EPA staff (Lake Erie Programs and Section 401 Water Quality) is guiding development of this project. The group is working collaboratively to improve database access and coordination within ODNR and OEPA.

At the local planning level, the OCMP is funding the Chagrin River Watershed Partners to: (1) assess long term hydrologic regime trends of the Chagrin River Watershed using USGS gage data, (2) evaluate land use and regional climatic factors to assess cause (if trends are identified in item 1), (3) initiate a site planning forum to determine alternative site development practices to reduce CSIs hydrologic impacts of land use changes, and (4) initiate a comprehensive wetland study to assess CSIs on wetland resources in the Chagrin River watershed. This agreement was finalized in October 2000.

Urban Streams and Watershed Management

The OCMP assisted with initial funding of the Urban Streams program, through which seven Urban Streams Specialists were hired in coastal watershed counties to educate and work with local governments and residents to foster urban watershed stewardship in a variety of ways.

The OCMP also initiated the Arcola Creek Watershed Study and Planning process under contract with the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District is working to increase support and involvement of watershed stakeholders, inventory the watershed's resources, assess current programs to determine present and future impacts, and provide professional and technical support to "Friends of Arcola Creek." The Lake SWCD conducted a riparian landowner survey in 1999 and as a result has entered into several conservation easements to protect riparian habitat in the watershed.

Coordination of Services

Established and staffed a Coastal Services Center in the central coastal area to combine and provide more coordinated services by ODNR's Divisions of Real Estate and Land Management, Geological Survey, Water, and Soil and Water Conservation.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Management

OCMP staff assisted development and implementation of the Ohio Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention, Control and Abatement Plan. The program has also funded projects to assess non-chemical methods of controlling sea lamprey and to control invasive plant species in coastal state nature preserves.

Coastal Resources Inventory

Developed, in cooperation with members of ODNR's Integrated Management Team and the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN), an On Line Interactive Mapping demonstration project, viewable on the web at www.dnr.state.oh.us/odnr/lecri.

Lake Erie Access Program

The Lake Erie Access Program has completed digitizing boating access sites on digital orthophotography and is proceeding to incorporate fishing access sites, data from SCORP. REALM staff is developing assessment methods for viewshed recording and for trail connectivity to aid state and local government in enhancing access and recreation opportunities.

Lake Erie GIS

Sixty percent of the Lake Erie Basin maps have been scanned and converted to a vector GIS format. Data conversion of the hydrography layer for Ashtabula County was recompiled onto 1:12000 mylar maps using 1994 orthophotography as a base. All maps have been scanned and are being converted using ARC/INFO's GRID program. gital soil layers for Lorain and Ashtabula Counties. GIS maps were produced by combining of Lake Erie Access digital spatial data layers and facility attribute data. Maps were completed to assist Ohio EPA in evaluating water quality impairment data and establishing remediation priorities on a watershed basis.

Submerged Lands Management

The OCMP, with active involvement of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council, adopted revised Submerged Lands Leasing rules to create efficiencies and provide for focus on priority areas.

Developed, through contract with the Ohio Historical Society, an Underwater Preserve feasibility study that recommends establishment of Ohio's first such preserve at Kelleys Island. OHS is compiling a database of know shipwrecks within selected Lake Erie regions.

Specific activities of the Submerged Lands Leasing Program during since July 2000 include:
(1) refinement of the coordinated review processes with the Divisions of Water and Geological Survey to determine historic shorelines;
(2) site inspections for nearly every submerged lands lease application;
(3) compliance, complaint and unpermitted structure inspections;
(4) development of guidelines for coastal structures with the Divisions of Water and Geological Survey;
(5) meetings with Ohio legislators and constituents regarding submerged lands and regulatory issues.

The OCMP supports several initiatives that foster responsible and rewarding underwater diving in Lake Erie. It has published a Divers, Shipwrecks and Ohio Law brochure, helped organize the Maritime Archeology Survey Team (MAST) which is devoted to documenting Ohio's underwater historic resources, and sponsors and participates in annual Shipwreck Archeology courses. MAST now publishes The Manifest newsletter to inform members and others regarding events and ongoing activities. Diver slates illustrating the wrecks of the Adventure and the Hanna are under production and scheduled for completion in March 2001.

Coastal Erosion Area Management

The OCMP adopted Coastal Erosion Area rules and made final delineation of Coastal Erosion Areas based on 27-year recession rate photo- and field- measured at 100 foot intervals by the Division of Geological Survey.

Coastal Hazards and Technical Assistance

The OCMP funds and coordinates with many activities of ODNR's Division of Geological Survey. Site visits and evaluations are conducted to provide technical assistance to property owners regarding coastal processes, CEA delineations, and submerged lands boundary determinations.

The Geological Survey continues to compile and verify data for a shore structure inventory. More than 5000 structures have been inventoried. This inventory contains information on the type, location, relative effectiveness and impact of erosion control measures built along Ohio's Lake Erie coastline. This inventory will ultimately provide a technical foundation for comprehensive planning at state and local levels.