District 6 Natural Resource Assistance Council Awards Funding During Round 13 of the Clean Ohio Program

Apr 01, 2019

Each year the NRAC receives applications diverse in scope and indicative of the region they represent and their needs.  This year was no exception. Each application showcases valuable assets coexisting within the Natural Resource Assistance Council (NRAC) approved the following three applications totaling $2,091,475 and sent them to the Ohio Public Works Commission for final approval:

Howland Township- Nestled along the winding Mosquito Creek corridor, is the townships newest Clean Ohio Funded project, Mosquito Creek Wetlands Expansion.  The four-parcel land acquisition project preserves 120 acres of which 119 acres are high quality wetlands, preserves ½ mile of the Mosquito Creek mainstem and 1.8 miles of smaller tributary streams. Acquisition of the parcels will increase the total Mosquito Creek corridor acres to more than 770 acres in a growing corridor!

Trumbull County MetroParks- Straddling two Trumbull County townships, Brookfield and Hubbard, is the Coalburg Lake Preserve project. The project permanently protects seven parcels along Little Yankee Run for a total of 356 acres, 80 acres of which is Coalburg Lake, and 12,000-linear feet of Little Yankee run including numerous smaller, headwater streams! Acquisition of the land and lake will expand the Trumbull County MetroParks’ footprint  and create a park for residents in the immediate townships as well as the entire county.

Austintown Township (Park Department)- Austintown Township’s project is an example of small projects making big impacts. The Herons Landing Riparian Corridor and Open Space Acquisition acquires 18.30 acres at the back of a residential development. Sandwiched between a developed and developing area, the project protects wetlands and stream corridors that drain directly into the Meander Reservoir, one of our regions largest surface drinking water supplies.