Muddy Creek Bay is an approximately 4 square mile lacustrine estuary within Sandusky Bay, connecting the Sandusky River to Lake Erie. The bay has experienced extensive loss of wetlands due to historic development around the bay and upstream in the watershed. GEI Consultants worked with The Nature Conservancy to develop design concepts to rebuild wetlands throughout the bay through wave attenuation, passive sediment accretion, and active sand placement. Site analysis included sediment sampling, water quality sampling, wave analysis, 2-dimensional hydrologic modeling, and ecological sampling of existing and reference ecosystems. Existing conditions were compared to reference, historical, and proposed future conditions to determine the feasibility for restoration. This presentation will discuss the unique challenges associated with large scale restoration of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
Muddy Creek Bay: Challenges Associated with Large Scale Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Restoration
Brian Majka is a professional restoration ecologist with extensive experience in business management and development, project oversight, design and implementation of wetland construction, soft shoreline engineering, prairie planting, natural areas management, and BMP design projects with nearly 20 years of experience in throughout the eastern United States. Brian is responsible for project management of ecological restoration design and implementation projects for GEI. He has extensive experience with invasive species control, burn management, and various types of restoration projects. Brian also actively gives presentations on various ecological restoration-oriented topics throughout the country.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
Matthew Kovach, Lake Erie Coastal Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy – Growing up on the shores of western Lake Erie, Matthew began his pursuit of an environmental career and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology and Environmental Science from Miami University (Ohio). After a brief stint as a research SCUBA diver at a biological research station, Matthew received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Texas. Matthew’s academic pursuits have focused on aquatic ecology and toxicology. Matthew spent five years working as an aquatic ecologist for environmental consultant firms. He has experience in the areas of fisheries research, ecological risk assessment, biological surveys, environmental emergency response, and nonpoint source pollution. In his current role with TNC, he is involved in coastal resiliency-related initiatives, coastal wetland and nearshore habitat restoration, invasive plant control, biological monitoring, and public relations outreach activities.