2020 Ohio Stormwater Conference May 6-8, 2020

Tours – Wednesday May 6, 2020 

East Sandusky Bay (Putnam Marsh) Kayak/Canoe Tour

Date: May 6, 2020            Time: 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM                   Cost: $50                    Max number: 15

Buses leave from: Kalahari, 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky OH

Destination: Explore East and Eastern Sandusky Bay following the Water Trail with stops at Landing Point, Eagle Point, Big City, Cedar Point Causeway, and end up in Downtown Sandusky for refreshments. 

Tour leaders: Tom Denbow, Biohabitats, Inc., Aaron Klein, Public Works Director, City of Sandusky

Bring: binoculars, sunscreen, water, hat, and wading shoes. Encourage bringing a change of clothes.  Kayaks/canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. 

Come learn about some of the coastal natural resources that make this such an exciting place to live and play.  Learn about the water quality challenges facing the area and initiatives underway to restore coastal wetland ecosystem benefits.  View proposed coastal wetland restoration sites and coastal waterfront projects designed to connect citizens and visitors to the area’s great coastal natural resources.  Highlights will include a Kayak Tour of the Back Bay (East Sandusky Bay) where we will visit the proposed Pipe Creek nature-based shoreline restoration project, Cedar Point’s Landing Point project site, Eagle Point (Erie Metroparks), the Big Island Wetland complex, and proposed Cedar Point Beneficial Re-use Coastal Wetland Site located along the causeway to Cedar Point.  The trip will end with a visit to Sandusky’s Waterfront and explore recently completed and proposal waterfront initiatives. Tour will end with a stop at one of the City’s pubs for refreshments and conversation.   

Green Infrastructure Bike Tour in Sandusky

Date: May 6, 2020            Time: 2-5 PM            Cost: $25                   Max number: 20

Buses leave from: Kalahari, 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky OH

Destination: Bicycles leave from: Sandusky’s Jackson Street Parking Lot (134 Jackson Street)

Bring: comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water. If you have a bicycle, please bring it. If not, we will have up to 15 bicycles available– please select this option when registering. 

This revitalization has been evident through the construction of multiple green infrastructure projects, seamlessly integrated into the vibrant ecotourism town. The installation of a living shoreline demonstration project which involved the propagation and installation of native vegetation along approximately 500 feet of shoreline within two boat slips in Shoreline Park is one example along the tour. Two other stops include a green infrastructure retrofit parking lot that doubles as an outdoor event space for Bike Week – an annual tourist event that attracts over 50,000 visitors, and bioretention and shoreline restoration within an existing park.  This tour is open to anyone interested learning about all the innovative & sustainable projects in Sandusky. This is a great opportunity to see how far this coastal city has come in managing its resources and learn about the different projects, all from the seat of your bike!

Fireland’s Winery Dinner Event

Date: May 6, 2020            Time: 6:00 pm         Cost: $65           Max number: 50 

Buses leave from: Kalahari, 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky OH

Firelands Winery is the largest winery in the state of Ohio, and is the winner of national and international awards for the quality of their wine.  Start your evening with a tour of the winery, where you will learn how the Firelands Winery creates their award-winning wines.  Then enjoy a dinner with complementary wine pairings. Transportation to and from Kalahari is included.