CHARDON -- Two reports on the restoration and protection of the lower Grand River watershed will be the focus of a public meeting today hosted by Grand River Partners Inc.

The 6 p.m. meeting is at the Geauga Park District's Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township. Representatives of the GRP Inc. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will brief the public on the Grand River Watershed Action Plan and how it will serve as a blueprint for watershed management.

The lower Grand River watershed covers parts of Geauga, Ashtabula and Lake counties. A recent biological and water quality survey indicated a majority of the lower river sections and the river's tributaries are in good to excellent condition.

However, part of the watershed suffers from urban runoff, sedimentation, flow alterations and habitat degradation. One report concerns the total maximum daily load of pollutants the river can receive but still meet water quality standards.

GRP's Watershed Action Plan is a community-based effort to address flooding, riparian protection, stream bank and habitat modification and restoration, along with other water quality concerns. For more information on the plan, interested parties can call Vicki Domonkos (440 375-7315).

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