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Shoreline Park project result of many volunteers’ work

Register • Jul 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Those of us directly involved in the upgrading of the Shoreline Park project applaud the excellent front page coverage by the Sandusky Register in the July 1, 2014, edition.

Special accolades need to be afforded Breann Hohman, Firelands Coastal Tributaries Watershed coordinator for Erie Soil and Water Conservation District, who spearheaded the project by researching and writing the Living Shorelines Grant, and assembling the team of volunteer planters, including some of her own co-workers from the Erie County offices where she works, Friends of Pipe Creek Watershed and Friends of Old Woman Creek.

The Sandusky community also needs to to be aware of the significant contribution to the project by Tom Speir and his staff at the Sandusky City greenhouse.

Tom was instrumental in the site’s preparation by clearing the banks of unsightly riprap and amending the slopes, spreading 186 cubic yards of garden-grade soil, and stapling in the bio-degradable erosion control netting, a linear stretch just shy of three football fields.

He also personally planted about one third of the native species grass plugs. He and Bre co-managed the “knees on the ground” operation.

Over the winter, a good portion of the greenhouse volunteers’ time, estimated to be approximately 128 manhours, was spent planting grass seed, which yielded over 5,000 plugs.

Those plugs, had they been purchased from an outside vendor, were estimated to have cost $1.50 each.

Worthy of mention, too, is Tim Schwanger, advocate for Saving Our Shoreline, who donated countless hours in site prep, geese fence installation and follow-up watering.

The result of this particular ecologically sound initiative is a viable sustainable more appealing Sandusky Bay coastline. The sweat equity involved many hours of volunteer labor and coordination between public and private enterprises.

An informational sign has been installed at the west ramp to the bridge explaining the purpose, site preparation, and benefits of the Living Shorelines Grant project. The grant was state-funded via the Lake Erie Protection Fund with the cooperation and support of the City of Sandusky.

—James Arthur

Friends of the Greenhouse

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