VICTORIES FOR OUR RIVERS 2012

VICTORIES FOR OUR RIVERS 2012

          • March 8, 2012 through April 2013 Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc., a chapter of the international organization Waterkeeper Alliance, Executive Board voted to make Save Maumee / Abigail King responsible for the Maumee River.
          • Save Maumee made it into the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”!
            We were in the credits for Dean Jay’s Rock-documentary about Nova Rex’ s 1980’s Big Hair Band Nova Rex – It Ain’t Easy Being Cheezy
        • February Save Maumee has represented northeast Indiana in Washington D.C. for Clean Water Week’s, Great Lakes Days from 2008 through 2012
          2012 Newsletter – D.C. Edition
  • Four Save Maumee volunteers received grants from  “Healing Our Waters” and “Great Lakes Commission” to represent Northeast Indiana for Clean Water Week during Great Lakes Days in Washington, D.C.   Each year, more than 125 citizens from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin –  plus two Canadian Provinces – travel to our nation’s capital to educate public officials about the importance of the Great Lakes to the region’s economy and quality of life.

CLICK HERE to read who we met with, and what we said:

  • Sat at many river meetings, to represent the health of our waterways and the citizens that depend on clean water
  • Polar Bear Jumping at Johnny Appleseed Park on New Year’s Day
  • Attended the largest ever National River Rally in Portland, Oregon and met personally with Robert Kennedy Jr.  SELFIE HERE
  • Spoke about local rivers at IPFW, Ivy Tech, Botanical Conservatory &  the Girl Scouts
  • Held an aquaponics workshop to teach how to set-up a fish and food growing operation in your backyard, with aquaponics expert Ernest Rando
  • Raised awareness about our waterways SUCCESSFULLY!

OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

  1. Overall, contaminants in Indiana waterways include pesticides, priority organics, copper, lead, ammonia, cyanide, low dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids and chlorides, habitat alterations, oil and grease.  30,321,380 lbs of toxic chemicals are released per year into our waterways.
  2. Indiana – 29 percent of all beach water samples had bacteria levels higher than public health standards allow, according to the NRDC’s 22nd annual “Testing the Waters” study.  Beaches were closed 379 times in Indiana in 2011 due to public health standards for safety.
  3. Indiana State issues call to reduce use of water in drought
  4. Cleaning up rivers is the right thing to do, and “initiatives to decrease sewage flowing into rivers would never have happened but for government intervention.”
  5. In 2008, Indiana was the seventh-largest source of mercury pollution in the country, according to the EPA’s most recent figures.
  6. Which fish have the highest Mercury content?
  1. NIPSCO coal oil leak at Gas HouseIMG_6687-1Edgewater Levee