Letter to the Editor: Chagrin Valley Times— Nov. 23, 2017

Grants to support vital projects  

Protect Geauga Parks congratulates the Geauga Park District on their work with the Chagrin River Watershed Partners to secure grants for two important watershed restoration projects.One project will restore a section of the Griswold Creek watershed in Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park and the other will restore a section of the Beaver Creek wetland in the Bass Lake Preserve.

This is important work that will benefit all residents of Geauga County and ultimately help to keep the waters of Lake Erie clean, which is a benefit to millions of people. These are the kind of projects that Protect Geauga Parks has been advocating for the past few years and hopes to see more often.  Partnership with groups such as the Chagrin Watershed Partners makes good sense for the health of our community, the beauty and sustainability of the parks and the economy of the entire region.

We know that projects such as this are the product of years of work and study. We are grateful that the Geauga Park District has a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of natural resource experts such as park biologist Paul Pira to spearhead these efforts and provide continuity with groups such as the Chagrin River Watershed Partners.

We are thankful that grants such as these are available through important funding programs such as the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Projects such as these have provided immense benefits with at least a 2-to-1 economic payback to the region in other places around the Great Lakes. We hope that the Geauga Park District will continue this kind of impressive work. 

Kathryn Hanratty, Chardon 

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