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Media Event for Revamped Crosby LakeMay 09, 2013
Toledo Botanical Garden unveiled its completed Crosby Lake & Stream renovation project at a special media event on Thursday, May 9 with Mayor Bell. Click here for pictures.
The project, which was funded through a $500,000 grant from the Ohio and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), finished up major construction in January when the last two low-head dams in the Ottawa River tributaries were removed; structures responsible for sediment build up that caused poor water quality and a lifeless void in the Lake’s habitat. With the construction complete, the TBG Horticulture team has spent the spring executing a planting project that will add structure and stability over a long period of time to renovated areas, and provide a diverse habitat for aquatic organisms. Plant species native to the Oak Openings and Black Swamp regions were used to establish and serve as a foundation for rotating shows of color and texture, along with diverse ornamentals for artistic inspiration.
“We are looking forward to sharing the completed project with the media and the public,” says Karen Ranney Wolkins, Executive Director at Toledo Botanical Garden. “The changes will make a significant difference to water quality, as well as to the aesthetics, giving us an outstanding opportunity to teach the community about the importance of native plants and the creation of natural habitats.”
Although construction and planting is finished, visitors to the Garden will still be cautioned from getting too close to the water’s edge until the land and plantings have had a chance to stabilize.go back
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