2014 Tuscarawas River and Floodplain Protection Project
The Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition (OVCC) requested financial assistance to purchase 31.44 acres of streams, wetlands and forest in the Upper Tuscarawas River Watershed. The Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition (OVCC) is requesting financial assistance to purchase 31.44 acres of streams, wetlands and forest in the Upper Tuscarawas River Watershed in Coventry Township (Summit County). The property contains 1,600 linear feet of the Tuscarawas River mainstem and 1,200 linear feet of a tributary. The property also contains 14.2 acres of Category 3 wetlands and mature riparian forest. The OVCC will own and manage the property as a nature preserve.
The property acquisition will ensure the perpetual protection and conservation of ecologically important riparian areas and wetlands. The preserved forested floodplain and wetlands will provide critical water quantity and water quality functions by retaining and filtering stormwater from a nearby commercial area, a major Summit county wastewater treatment facility, and other urban and suburban areas upstream.
The OVCC will record deed restrictions prohibiting future property development.
Total Project Cost: $54,000
Requested Grant: $15,000
Approved Grant: $15,000
The property is just southeast of the Akron city line near Interstate 77 in Coventry Township, Summit County.
This grant was approved by the Board of Directors on February 28, 2014. This grant is now completed and closed.