Source: Akron Beacon Journal
What does future hold for Chippewa Lake? Public invited to discuss competing park plans
Medina County Park District and consulting firm OHM Advisors is hosting a day of public meetings about the draft of the Chippewa Lake Master Plan.
The meetings, at Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, are meant for members of the public to provide feedback on two evolving park plan alternatives.
Advance registration is required to keep group sizes to a minimum (45 people per session) and to maintain social distancing. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Register online at medinacountyparks.com/images/CL_9-28_meeting.pdf or call 330-722-9364.
For those unable to attend an in-person meeting, a 30-minute webinar is scheduled for noon Sept. 30 via Zoom at us06web.zoom.us/j/82108374790.
Chippewa Lake algae blooms:Chippewa Lake snapped a toxic spell, but how long can it keep algae blooms away?
Does Ohio have a poop problem? Debate over fertilizer continues two years into H2Ohio initiative
The roughly 330-acre lake lake experienced blooms from 2016 to 2019, with the highest levels recorded in 2016 and 2018.
Park officials aren’t sure why the blooms haven’t happened recently — maybe the Lake Guard Blue algaecide treatment in August 2019 from Israel-based BlueGreen Water Technologies, or maybe good weather or just luck.
But they know the root cause of the issue — high levels of nutrients, like phosphorus and nitrogen, which cause blooms, from residential lawn fertilizer, agricultural fertilizer and faulty household septic systems — still hasn’t been treated, and it’s likely only a matter of time before a major bloom happens again.
A project through Ohio’s H2Ohio initiative aims to address the nutrient issue that feeds the blooms. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the park district to help eliminate blooms in the lake and transform the site of the former Chippewa Lake Amusement Park into a wetland and public park.
Chippewa Lake Properties Inc. sold the just under 95-acre site of the former amusement park to the park district in June 2020 for $2.1 million. The park operated from 1878 to 1978.
The state said the H2Ohio project will focus on diverting water from the Chippewa inlet into more than half a mile of newly restored stream channel to reduce nutrients flowing into the lake, including more than 20 acres of restored wetlands.
The project, which spans three sites in Lafayette and Westfield townships, will be funded through H2Ohio and led by the park district, which purchased Chippewa Lake with a Clean Ohio grant in 2007. It’s expected to cost $1.52 million and be completed in December 2023.