Muddy Creek Bay is a smaller estuary within Sandusky Bay, connecting the Sandusky River to Lake Erie. The bay has experienced extensive loss of wetlands and resulting impairment to ecological functions. GEI led a team to collect bathymetry, sediment and vegetative cover data in Muddy Creek Bay, and to develop preliminary designs for bay restoration.
The normal hydrodynamic and sediment transport regimes in Sandusky Bay from outer Sandusky Bay to inner Muddy Creek Bay, have been significantly altered by human activities. These alterations have impaired the ecological functions and structure that depend on these natural physical processes, causing significant harm to the overall bay ecosystem. The intent of this project is to begin to repair and/or restore historic processes to help re-establish the natural hydrologic and sediment transport processes and begin restoring the bay ecosystem.
GEI led a team in collecting bathymetric survey data, sub-bottom profiling, acoustic Doppler current profiling, vibracore sediment sampling, and ecological assessments in Muddy Creek Bay.