Monthly archive for October 2010

FOX News Coverage about Local Rivers

http://fortwaynehomepage.net/fulltext/?nxd_id=21324 Abigail – Clean Water Activist Speaks on City Action for Rivers…

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Save Maumee's 3rd Annual ~ Canoe Clean-Up, Can YOU Clean-Up? Update

3rd Annual Update to Save Maumee’s Canoe Clean Up, Can YOU Clean-Up? ~Underbelly of the St. Mary’s River Uncovered~ What an interesting day THANK YOU to all Save Maumee’s 60 energetic river workers! Police, a meth amphetamine lab, batteries, full fire extinguisher & spray paint, Kids Dart, Think Smart yard sign, a sink, metal car parts, a carpeted wooden box with incubator like dials attached, 2 wallets complete with driver’s licenses, full size dead cat, Pepsi can from the 1970’s, a Cookie Monster hat, thousands of cans/bottles/Styrofoam and cigarette butts, and of course plenty of tampons and fresh water jellyfish to finish the day. We also installed 40 square feet of erosion control mats to keep soil where it belongs.   Many questions arose as to where all the fresh water jellyfish came from…a.k.a. condoms.  Local citizens flush them down the toilet, the combined sewer systems then flush them to the river with as little as 1/10th inch of rainfall.  They are not from extracurricular activities on the rivers! Remember, what you flush down your toilets and sinks DO NOT go away, they end up in our rivers.  To clarify questions asked about Combined Sewer Overflows please read the Save

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Information at your fingertips:

  How to Define “Safe” Water : http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/88/i39/8839news3.html Indiana Infrastructure gets a D+ for Drinking Water: http://www.news25.us/Global/story.asp?S=1320931 Passing this along from Maraiah at the FW Childrens’ Zoo.  Did you see the article in the Journal-Gazette on Tuesday 9/21?  If you are up for turtle cleaning in Michigan, the hotline number is 1-800-306-6837.  The (unpaid) volunteers from the zoo could probably use some help after these several weeks of cleaning oily turtles.  Call hotline number for training & volunteering. http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100921/LOCAL0201/30921999 See how activists are moving forward in the court with EPA policy.  http://www.cleanwaternetwork.org/news-events/news/epa-faces-legal-pressures-make-decision-landmark-antidegradation-plan …AND pollutant specific limits in EPA law here: http://www.cleanwaternetwork.org/news-events/news/activists-seek-pollutant-specific-limits-new-epa-water-antidegradation-rules PB not done cleaning up Hammond, Indiana Spill from August17th  http://www.indianaeconomicdigest.net/main.asp?SectionID=31&SubSectionID=135&ArticleID=56181 GOOD NEWS! Hoosier Hog Farm Receives Environmental Award http://www.hoosieragtoday.com/wire/news/00738_Pennbrock_farms_205345.php Some fear Carp worse than Oil Spill http://www.poten.com/NewsDetails.aspx?id=10655907 Searched DNR Fish & Wildlife for Lake and River Enhancements and this is the only report found –http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-LARE-LittleRiverWtrshdDiagStudyWhitelyAllenHuntingtonCo_Jan2009.pdf Soil from the Maplecrest extension road ending up in your river…and you are paying for it twice?  Before ground was broken on this land, it HAD to have an erosion control plan, so why will it cost an addition $20,000 to remediate something that was required from the beginning? Reported on August 9,

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Being Cordial to an Urgent issue – Maplecrest Extension Bridge

It is ludicrous to the way that our rivers are treated.  I must speak my mind today because enforcement should be on every voters lips.  The most recent issue is the Maplecrest road extension to new SR 24 and related erosion problems. I was sent an email August 9th by a fisherman that had stumbled upon the Maplecrest bridge project.  He told me that he was angered by the construction workers at the site and their littering along the banks.  He felt concerned they were not cleaning up their trash.  Here is the video he sent me… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHIGTQMeHyE Upon viewing the footage, I noticed not the trash, but the EROSION! Our approximate 200ft wide river was reduced to a trickle of its former Maumee girth.  It appeared that the construction company had no erosion control techniques in place thus causing accelerated erosion. Construction permits must include erosion control techniques – ESPECIALLY when building on a floodplain!  So I took the next step and contacted the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and requested an inspection for the site. SWCD came to the site, reporting there were zero erosion control techniques in place and then approached the Allen County

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