Ohio Department of Natural Resources Office of Coastal Management
Ohio’s Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses more than 500 acres of freshwater marshes, swamps, forests, and beach along Lake Erie. As one of the last freshwater estuaries in the area, the Reserve is an important spawning ground and nursery for fish and habitat for migrating waterfowl. The Reserve’s Center for Coastal Wetland Studies conducts ecological research and serves as a visitor attraction.
Explore the impact of Old Woman Creek in 2019, including their water quality educational program for middle-schoolers, and their volunteer invasive species removal task force.
Latest News from the Old Woman Creek Reserve
The ability to integrate natural and built infrastructure is key to helping keep water clean and reducing erosion in Lake Erie, but promoting it is complicated by the fact that most of the shoreline is privately held or agricultural.
This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Sebastian Mejia, Stewardship Coordinator at the Old Woman Creek Reserve in Ohio. They discussed the parallels between invasive species control and the Public Health Crisis That Shall Not Be Named, the real roots of stewardship, and creeks for Young Men, too.
Reserves strive to be places where everybody can experience coastal nature. While most of the land protected by the Reserve System is open to the public, those with disabilities often experience unique challenges experiencing these environments.