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Coldwater team members recently participated in the 2019 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.  This annual conference provides an opportunity for AOC program participants to share successes and challenges, review program developments, and strengthen connections between stakeholders, and local, state, tribal, and federal AOC participants.  Attendees Jackson Caruso, Kristen Risch, and Chip Wendt enjoyed an evening dinner cruise on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, which showcased current work and progress in the region.  Chip Wendt served as a panelist for the Habitat Restoration Effectiveness session during the conference, sharing Coldwater’s work with the City of Lorain installing fish shelves on the Black River.  Coldwater has worked on restoration projects within the Black River AOC since 2010. 

Dinner cruise on Lake Erie

Black River AOC representatives



Aquatic Habitat Restoration Along the Black River Using Fish Shelves



Kate Golden, City of Lorain, and Chip Wendt, Coldwater Consulting, presented “Aquatic Habitat Restoration along the Black River Using Fish Shelves" at the 2019 Ohio Stormwater Conference on May 10th in Sharonville.  Modified and hardened shorelines along the Black River provide limited opportunities for habitat improvement, however improvements are possible with aquatic habitat structures, generally referred to as fish shelves.  Chip and Kate provided an overview of two methodologies employed in the Black River, designed and constructed to replicate littoral zone habitat features desirable to nearshore fish communities.  The presentation highlighted an innovative approach recently used to install fish habitat on a hardened/bulkheaded waterfront.  Design, construction, biological monitoring, and the applicability of these habitat structures along waterfront communities were discussed.  Baseline and post-construction biological monitoring of both the traditional and hybridized fish shelves that have been installed along the Black River indicate a positive impact on abundance and diversity.












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