Cascade Creek Restoration

Two Cascade Creek stream restoration projects will:

  • Restore 1,550 linear feet of the stream in the City of Erie’s Frontier Park and at Port Authority property near the Niagara Pier west of the Bayfront Pkwy
  • Reduce erosion and sedimentation entering Presque Isle Bay by 222 tons per year, and
  • Restore a 25’ per side riparian buffer in the park and a smaller buffer at the Port Authority location.                                                                                             The building (above) was removed and impervious parking lot area on the site was reduced to widen and naturalize the stream channel.  Knotweed and other invasive species were removed and native species planted at both locations.

Funding: Cost for both restoration projects is nearly $947,000. Ninety-two % ($872,000) was paid with EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding.  The remainder was match from local partners and in kind services. 

Partners: PASG provided grantsmanship and other collaborative services working with the Erie County Conservation District, Environment Erie and S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie on the Frontier Park project, and with the Port Authority on their project.  Read more about the Cascade Creek restoration projects below:

Downloads:
Recognizing the importance of Lake Erie Tributaries
Stream of consciousness – Cascade Creek changes reduce erosion
Here’s the dirt – Why sedimentation, erosion hurt our water quality
Bank on it – Follow these practices to stop erosion, sedimentation

Contacts:
Dave Skellie, dus18@psu.edu