ODNR Awards More than $400K in Grants for Lake Erie Projects

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved more than $400,000 in funding through the Coastal Management Assistance Grant (CMAG) program for five projects in Mentor, Euclid, Jefferson, Rocky River and Rossford that will improve coastal planning, public access, and water quality.

“ODNR is proud to partner with coastal communities to provide Ohioans with more ways to enjoy our state’s greatest natural resource—Lake Erie,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We’re excited to see these projects develop as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

ODNR implements the CMAG program through its Office of Coastal Management for eligible entities including local governments, county and regional planning agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and park and conservancy districts for completion of projects that will protect Lake Erie’s coastal resources and support sustainable use.

This year’s projects include installing an ADA-compliant observation deck, boardwalk and educational panels, five connected stormwater/wetlands planters, creek habitat restoration, waterfront planning and a pedestrian bridge that will provide people with better access to Lake Erie and its shoreline.

CMAG is a competitive reimbursement grant program that provides matching funds up to 50% of project costs, with a minimum of 50% from the applicant. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Ohio Coastal Management Program. The CMAG program has provided more than $6 million for 146 projects in Ohio since the program began in 1998.