Monthly archive for July 2010

River Volunteer Reflects on Experience

You should know that volunteers are the heart of grassroots organizations! Without them, I would have given up on improving our waterways about 5 years ago.  THEY are the ones who work hard, use their own gas money, time, energy, muscles, equipment and then take that message

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Cleanup flusters Maumee Group

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100725/LOCAL/307259918# Journal Gazette – (front page of the Metro Section) Fort Wayne, IN July 25, 2010 by Caitlin Johnston Volunteers spent hours cleaning the Maumee River, replanting the banks along the way. Photos by Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Abigail Frost King, left, and her son

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Keep IT OUT of Our Water

Everyone should hug a farmer.  Thank them for the food we eat and marvel at their ability to use the land for such bounty.  American farmers are people that made our country great.  I obey laws because that is what people do who live in a  civilized

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Great Lakes states’ 500 square miles of parking lots threaten water quality, walkability

http://greatlakesecho.org/2010/06/17/great-lakes-states-500-square-miles-of-parking-lots-threaten-water-quality-walkability/       Great Lakes Echo –  June 17, 2010 People ask me all the time about CSO’s / SSO’s (Combined  Sewer Overflow / Sanitary Sewer Outfalls).  Did the city plan poorly for our sewers? Why would 1/12th of an inch of rain cause all of our toilets and

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Waste in Indiana Waterways

 http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/waste-in-indianas-waterways/Content?oid=1274149     Check this article out for yourself…but this excerpt is what I found interesting.  The Upper Maumee Watershed is also considered an impaired stream for PCB’s, heavy metals, Hg, Fish Consumption Advisories (FCA’s), E. Coli and nitrates.  The Upper Maumee remains on the 303 (d)

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Interesting Find of the Day

I had Sandy Bihn from the Western Lake Erie Basin call and ask me what was happening upstream, “There are major problems in Western Lake Erie, we are having algae blooms comparable to the early 1980’s [just after the Clean Water Act became enforceable law].  Maumee Bay

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