ODNR and LEARN Partner For Wetland Monitoring Plan

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN) have partnered on the H2Ohio’s wetland monitoring plan to assess the effectiveness and future role of implemented and planned wetland restoration projects. This collaboration will study different types of wetlands to determine which are the most cost-effective for mitigating nutrient runoff to Ohio waters, will track the effectiveness of wetland efforts and inform future wetland construction and maintenance.

LEARN researchers from universities across Ohio including Bowling Green State University, Heidelberg University, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, The University of Toledo and Wright State University will take samples from wetlands being currently constructed and planned in the near future. The monitoring plan hopes to address the question of whether restored wetlands can effectively mitigate nutrient pollution while, at the same time, provide benefits like wildlife habitat.

LEARN a group of field stations, scientific laboratories and diverse researchers within Ohio working together to promote collaborative research, education and networking to address the challenges and opportunities facing Ohio’s freshwater resources. For more information, read this press release on ODNR’s website.