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Scope/Content: Abstract: The Great Lakes are a wonder of the world. More than 30 million people rely on the Lakes for their drinking water, and millions more benefit from the commerce and businesses that depend on them. The waters known as the Sweetwater Seas have helped shape the identity of the region, from the cities and businesses that grew up along its coasts to the people who now call the region home. Over the past several decades, Lake Erie has been at the center of the national effort to the restore the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters. Once declared "dead," Lake Erie was brought back to life thanks to passage of landmark environmental legislation and a federal infusion of funds to help communities around the country modernize their sewers. Decades later, Lake Erie now supports a world-class walleye fishery and generates millions of dollars in tourism and recreation. Despite progress, however, Lake Erie continues to be threatened by toxic contaminants from old industrial properties and faces growing problems from invasive species and polluted runoff that degrades water quality and harms habitat. As this report shows, citizens, government agencies, local communities, private businesses and non-profit organizations are working together to make a difference in Cleveland because they recognize that restoration work is crucial to improving the environment and economy. They understand the importance of programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. They know that Great Lakes restoration projects provide some of the best returns on the dollar in the federal budget. This report provides a snapshot of restoration projects that are tackling urgent problems in greater Cleveland and northeast Ohio. Communities are turning piles of industrial waste into wetlands and fish habitat; transforming vacant or underutilized urban lands into parks; removing old dams to reconnect fish habitat; cleaning up debris from the harbor that threatens public health. The results are inspiring: Rare birds are returning to a lake-side marsh. People are fishing. Water quality is improving. These local Cleveland projects show what is possible when the nation invests in Great Lakes restoration and can serve as models for other communities. It is important that restoration work continue, because much work remains across the region. Now is not the time to cut back on the nation's commitment to restoring the Great Lakes. If restoration efforts stall, the problems will only get worse and more costly to fix. Investing in Great Lakes restoration protects drinking water, safeguards public health, creates jobs and upholds the quality of life for millions of people. It's time for federal public officials to act to protect this iconic resource now and for generations to come.
Ecology and river restoration Dams Dam retirement
Baldwin Creek, Euclid Creek, OH Baldwin Creek Dams, Euclid Creek Dam