The incidence of fish tumors and deformities in Black River brown bullheads, as well as the deformities, fin erosions, lesions and tumors (DELT) percentage for all fish, has decreased significantly, prompting the lifting of a contact advisory and the re-designation of the tumor BUI as being “in recovery.” A review of recent sediment data in the lower river allowed the Corps of Engineers and Ohio EPA to approve open lake disposal for most of the material dredged from the federal navigation channel in 2009. In 2008, RAP members and other local stakeholders, including the City of Elyria, developed the Lower Black River Ecological Restoration Master Plan. The City of Lorain has been very successful in securing funding for significant remediation and restoration efforts along the lower Black River, including removal of over a million cubic yards of slag from riverbanks, restoration of more than 50 acres of riparian habitat and construction of thousands of feet of underwater habitat shelves. Lorain County has also made progress in the upper watershed with development of watershed action plans for the French Creek and West Branch sub-basins.
Black River Remedial Action Plan
The Black River is the only river system in Ohio where the entire watershed has been designated as an Area of Concern. Because the Black River RAP is a unique community-based public/private initiative, the Black River RAP Coordinating Committee has recently changed their motto to, "Our River, Our Responsibility."
Contaminant loadings from point source dischargers (typically industries and waste water treatment facilities) within the Black River watershed have seen significant reductions within the last decade. The RAP now aims to combat nonpoint source impacts through precision farming techniques, the utilization of best management practices during construction, and the restoration, enhancement, and protection of the Black River riparian corridor. The Black River RAP projects and educational activities address a wide variety of these issues.
Properly managing urban, suburban, and rural land use practices throughout the Black River plus the enhancement and protection of natural riparian corridors will improve the quality and productivity of this valuable natural resource.
If you would like more specific information please contact Ted Conlin.
The Black River RAP Coordinating Committee meets from 1:30 to 3:30, usually on Monday of the second full week of January, March, May, July, September and November. The meeting locations vary. For more information, contact Ted Conlin by phone at (330) 963-1131 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting information can also be found on the NOACA Web site at www.noaca.org/calevents.html.
If you have any environmental events you would like added to this page, please contact Ted Conlin.
The Black River RAP is looking for enthusiastic individuals and organizations with a desire to help improve the quality of the Black River as well as the life associated with it. The Black River is "Your River" and you can make it part of "Your Responsiblility" to help clean it up. The RAP relies on public involvement and education as a long term solution to many of the remaining problems in the river. Your involvement and input are extremely important to the RAP process and its success. Please see the list of activities and events under the What’s Happening section and contact the person listed if you are interested in finding out more about a specific action group or program within the RAP.
Donations are also welcome. Donations from business, industry, and local citizens, the time and resources of local, state, and federal agencies as well as the time given by many dedicated volunteers are what makes the Black River RAP a success. If you or your organization are interested, please contact Ted Conlin by email at email@example.com or by phone at (330) 963-1131.
RAP Publications and Documents
- Virtual Tour of the Black River Watershed (NOACA Web site)
- 2006 Black River RAP Annual Report [PDF 992K]
- Biological and Water Quality Study of the Black River Basin [PDF 2,817K], MAS/1998-11-4
- Biological and Water Quality Study of the Black River (with selected tributaries) and Beaver Creek [PDF 685K], EAS/1993-12-8
- Assessment of Sediment Quality in the Black River Watershed (USEPA Web site)
- Health of Bullhead in an Urban Fishery After Remedial Dredging Final Report, January 2000 (USEPA Web site)
- Living Along French Creek, A User's Guide [PDF 763K]
- East Branch Benthos Delisting Request Document [PDF 160K]
- USEPA East Branch Decision Letter [PDF 71K]
- Press Release, August 18, 2005: [PDF 97K] East Branch of Black River Recognized for Water Quality Improvements
- French Creek Report: Black River Area of Concern/Remedial Action Plan, French Creek Watershed Survey, Lorain County, Ohio. US Army Corps of Engineers. Note: the report is quite large and has been split into sections of approximately 5MB or less. If you prefer, you may download the file as a single report PDF 35 MB). See the note at the top of this page if you have problems with the download.
- French Creek Report Main report text. [PDF 1,993K]
- French Creek Report Appendix A. [PDF 21K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 1 [PDF 4,144K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 2 [PDF 4,350K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 3 [PDF 2,963K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 4 [PDF 4,338K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 5 [PDF 4,999K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 6 [PDF 4,981K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 7 [PDF 4,622K]
- French Creek Report Appendix B, part 8 [PDF 5,394K]
- 2007 Black River RAP Annual Report [PDF 1,222K]
- Living Along The East Branch, A User's Guide [PDF 871K]
- Living Along The West Branch, A User's Guide [PDF 813K]
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- Black River related videos (Lorain County Black River RAP Web site)
Comprehensive Black River RAP Information