Biological Assets: The wetland is protected by
both the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Division of Natural
Areas. In 1997, Ohio EPA published a report that compared natural
wetlands with wetlands created by mitigation projects. One of the
5 wetlands chosen for this study was the Novak wetland. (Fennessy.
S. A Functional Assessment of Mitigation Wetlands in Ohio: Comparisons
with Natural Systems. Ohio EPA report to the Federal EPA. Of the
wetlands studied, the Novak had the highest species diversity. Because
of the nature of this wetland and the interest in it by the U.S.
Corps of Engineers, the Society was able to get an in lieu agreement
with the Corps to buy conservation easements with money given by
developers of areas with small low grade wetlands. Using these funds,
we have been able to obtain one conservation easement and have ongoing
negotiations for another.
The Aquatic Biology Class of the Biology Department of Case Western
Reserve University has studied the largest wetland pond for two
years. The depth of this pond has been mapped, and many species
of macro-invertebrates were identified. The changes in water level
have also been registered. Water quality has also been assessed.
These studies lead to a foundation for educational programs for
students of all levels.
The vegetation of the wetland has very few invading species such
as phragmites which has ruined many Northern Ohio wetlands (e.g.