Problematic Low Level of Buckeye Lake Could Benefit Unusual Bog

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The lowering of central Ohio’s Buckeye Lake while the state makes plans to replace the deteriorated dam might benefit an unusual nature preserve in the water.

Amid concerns about potential economic and environmental effects, there’s hope that Cranberry Bog could be a patch of positivity.

The fragile, 10-acre bog has been shrinking for decades as surrounding water and waves encourage natural decomposition of the island environment, which is based on moss that makes the area very acidic. The coordinator of Ohio’s preserves says the lower water level and less lake activity could lessen such deterioration and enable acidity that helps the bog thrive.

But there are downsides, too. Boat tours to the bog had to be canceled, as was an annual event that draws hundreds of visitors to the preserve.