Senate District 32
Sean J. O'Brien
Ashtabula Awarded Funding for Walnut Beach Restoration
April 23, 2018
State Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced today the approval of $45,000 by the Ohio Controlling Board to be used for the ecological restoration of Walnut Beach in the City of Ashtabula.
“As co-chair of the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus – the nation’s first state-level caucus dedicated to trails and the environment – I am happy any time our state receives funding for ecological restoration projects, but especially happy when those funds are invested in my district,” said Senator O’Brien. “This grant money will go a long way toward restoring a previously damaged natural habitat in our region.”

According to Controlling Board documents, the funding was made available by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the result of a 1999 settlement between the United States and GenCorp, Inc. for natural resources damages at Fields Brook in the Ashtabula River watershed.

“I very much look forward to working with our friends in Ashtabula to ensure the restoration of Walnut Beach and other areas along the Lake Erie shoreline,” continued Senator O’Brien. “I, along with my fellow members of the OLTC, will continue to do everything possible at the state level to pursue restoration and conservation opportunities like this throughout the state of Ohio.”

The project will be accomplished through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and will result in the restoration of six acres of beach and dune habitat. Additional details regarding this Controlling Board release can be found on their website here.
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