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Ballville Dam Removal and Sandusky River Restoration

Considering all aspects of dam deconstruction

  • 100Yr

    Old Dam

  • 22 Mi

    Spawning Habitat

  • Fremont, Ohio

    Fremont, Ohio

Helping Sandusky River return to it's natural state

Over the years, fluctuations of nitrates and other pollutants along the Sandusky River, as well as structural deficiencies of the Ballville Dam, led the City of Fremont to build an off-line up ground drinking water reservoir. No longer needed, the dam is blocking 22 miles of critical walleye and white bass spawning habitat.

As a state designated scenic river, it’s our goal to see the Sandusky River restored to its natural free flowing form, the largest and most important ecosystem restoration project ever undertaken in Ohio. Stantec has completed a feasibility study, prepared permit and NEPA documents, designed the dam deconstruction and subsequent river restoration elements, and assisted in grant funding facilitation.

Uncontrolled releases of built up sand and silt during removal could impact a federal flood control project and critical walleye spawning habitat. We looked at hydraulic and sediment transport modeling to design the project and minimize sediment related damage. Once complete, we’ll have improved an important commercial fishery resource to the City of Fremont, Lake Erie, and the Great Lakes Region.

At a Glance

Offices
Meet Our Team

Cody Fleece, Senior Associate

I love finding novel solutions to difficult problems.

Chuck Kahler, Vice President, Power & Dams

We deliver hydropower and dam engineering projects that produce safer communities in the form of reliable energy and safe drinking water.

Scott Peyton, Senior Principal

It’s important to improve accessibility and connections with our streams, rivers and greenways through restoration and enhancement.

Cody Fleece

Senior Associate

Chuck Kahler

Vice President, Power & Dams

Scott Peyton

Senior Principal

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