Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Reconnection

Project size: Reconnecting 155 acres of coastal wetlands

Partners: Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The aim of this project is to reconnect 155 acres of coastal wetlands to Lake Erie hydrology to improve water quality and wetland function. This project will create a pool on Cedar Point’s National Wildlife Refuge that will work to filter nutrients and sediments out of the water before reaching Lake Erie. Using a fish passage water control structure and a marsh pump, a passive connection between Lake Erie and the pool will be established, allowing for agricultural drainage and lake water to pulse in and out of the wetland to remove excess nutrients. This also allows for free movement of fish into and out of the pool. The installation of a farm pump will divert about 200 acres of agriculture runoff into the Cedar Point Pool 2 coastal wetland, reducing excess nutrients and improving water quality.