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Farewell Miss Maumee – Save Maumee’s Annual Fundraiser

Save Maumee’s Annual Fundraiser ~Farewell Miss Maumee~ OUTDOORS RAIN OR SHINE Saturday April 24, 2021 3pm-10pm LOCATION: 501 Rose Ave.  New Haven, IN 46774 ~ DO NOT GO DOWN WEST STREET ~ Drive down "The Lane” which is between Heartland Communities Farm field and the brick farm house, just east of West Street. The fundraiser this year should be quite a show! BANDS & PERFORMANCE ART *Estimated Times  3pm - Kyle Haller Band 3:45p.m. - Grateful Groove 5:00p.m.- The Debutants 5:45p.m. - Elle/the Remnant 6:30p.m. - Know no oth3r  7:00p.m. - Belly Dancing by: - Lori of Troupe Zephyr - Zosia - Troupe Metanoia A Farewell To Miss Maumee! 7:45p.m. - El Camino Hot Tub  8:15p.m. - Los Lemons 9:00p.m. - Danielle Frederick 9:30p.m. - PyroScope Event Tickets $12.33 <10 years old FREE Parking is limited Vendors Sassy Vegan Bragg A Lot Sweets & Drinks EcoFest NonProfits Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor Indiana Forest Alliance Food Trucks Come CELEBRATE with us as we wave au’ revoir as Abigail King takes a break in 2021! Brent Warner & Abby are engaged and leaving the USA on April 28! They plan to live a modest Tico lifestyle in Costa Rica for 1 year and promisesRead more

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020
Earth Day 2020 - Day 1 of 3 Pledge to remove garbage ~ Thank you to all who participated, wherever you live and enjoy! INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SITE AND MAPS CLICK Earth Days 2020 Just Trash Day 2: Pledge to clean up trash for Earth Days 2020 - Save Ma_mee - The only thing missing is U ~ Earth Days 2020 Just Trash Day 3: Pledged to clean-up trash to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2020 Thank you to everyone who cleans up litter....please try to make it everyday. Earth Days 2020 Just TrashRead more

RiverFest at IPFW – Save Maumee Represented

Presentation: June 22, 2013  10:30AM – 11AM Title: What can we do to make our 3 Rivers better; In-depth thought into surface water Director, Abigail King said SMGO will release their new initiatives at RiverFest, that will “draw many eyes to the importance of water quality.” “We plan to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between stream health and how it is directly related to human health and recreation.” By: Abigail King, Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Director & Founder Secretary of Heartland Communities Inc. (Save Maumee’s nonprofit 501C3 fiscal sponsor) Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership Treasurer Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor; Region I Environmental Consultant ACTIVE PRESENTATION FOR RIVERFEST ATTENDEES: Save Maumee Grassroots Organization will be passing out native riverbank seed & chaff in salvaged reusable cotton-cloth bags at RiverFest.  SMGO wants these diverse and desirable contents to be planted on any local streambank. Directions on the bag include, “if you want these seeds to grow, and work to improve water quality; only plant where nothing green grows, dirt is exposed, near an open water source, in an area that will NOT be mowed.  Then STOMP the seeds down flat with your shoes, flattening the open soil down, so it does not float away during

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HAPPENINGS!

  2013 Earth Day Flier EARTH DAY is Sunday April 21st from 11am-4pm Map here for all the FUN on Earth Day! Our social media outreach and updates have been sparse since my loving father AND our webguy, Brad Frost is very ill with cancer. FIND ALL THE INFO ABOUT EARTH DAY HERE! For more updates on a regular basis….check out our FACEBOOK! Call if you need anything or would like to participate! Abby 260.417.2500 EMAIL: Abby@SaveMaumee.Org

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Fun Events & Information

Happy Harvest Season! UPCOMING Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Save Maumee FUN STUFF! Before Winter weather sets-in and we update the whole website (not so fun)! TODAY ~ SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2012 our 4th Annual Seed Harvest at Little River Wetlands Project from 1pm-4pm    Rain or Shine Exact Location & Details HERE – Apologies for not sending earlier…we are STILL 100% volunteers and doin’ the work! Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Save Maumee ECOWALK – Tuesday November 6th at 4pm.  So go out and vote…then come to 1901 Niagara Dr. Fort Wayne, IN – to finish planting some of our hundreds of native plant plug and tree donations!  See our past pictures from EcoWalks 1st Monday of EVERY month at Hall’s Gas House from 7-8:30 Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Save Maumee Meetings – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – November 5th is the next meeting, 305 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor invites you to “The Future of History, Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Community in the Maumee Valley” Saturday November 12, 2012 from 9:30am-2pm in Woodburn. The keynote speaker will be Canadian Consul General, Roy Norton.  Abigail King will be presenting “How’s the Water? Common environmental issues along the entire Maumee River,”  along with many other presenters and lunch. To register contact Angie Quinn 260.450.2057 or

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THIS SATURDAY…come ON

Hello River Lovers, ~ONLY THIS SATURDAY~ River Rummage Sale ~ THIS Saturday July 14 – First Day of the 3 Rivers Festival Parade – on the Historic Wells Street Bridge – Behind Wells St. and Superior St. in downtown Fort Wayne…just off the parade route.  BIG, LARGE, HUGE SALE! 8am-5pm  – Proceeds go to Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Save Maumee Program for true river improvements. Come buy our stuff! Come on, you’ll already be downtown for the parade and 3 Rivers Festival 5 semi-trucks full of STUFF you can re-purpose with your purchase!  THANK YOU for your kind and generous donations! Bring your dead batteries and we will dispose of them properly ~ DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY ~ FREE DISPOSAL Waterbarrel demonstration = FREE LEARNING Repurposed art = FREE THINKING Chaff plantings = FREE STUFF Food Not Bombs feeding us from NOON-2pm = FREE FOOD Meet our hard-working unpaid river volunteers = FREE HELP Other Upcoming Events: ** 1st Monday of every month – Public meetings for river action and are looking for your inputon ways to truly improve waterways tangibly 7-8:30pm at Halls Gas House on E. Superior St. – Next meeting is August 6th **1st & 3rd Tuesdays – EcoWalk Work Group – corner of Niagara Dr. & N. Anthony Blvd. 4-5pm

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Save Maumee Earth Day 2012 ~ 7th Annual Celebration

INVITATION Sunday April 22, 2012 11am-4pm Come to our Open-Non-House! Plant trees, seed, plant plugs, install erosion control mats and remove garbage on the banks of the Maumee when you have an hour or five to spare, rally for clean water, support your local waterways…and have fun doing it with live entertainment! Cleansing the riverbanks of garbage 11am – 4pm  – You won’t be able to miss it meet us at the big tent! LOCATION: On the corner of N. Anthony Blvd. and Niagara Dr. We will meet here: View Larger MapPEOPLE WITH TRUCKS BE HERE AT NOON! – We will be sending you to remote sites for clean-up of other river areas! WHAT TIME exactly are things happening?  Well, the day rolls out like a rushing river so here is a general guide to events…. 11am – I.C. Coldwater will present on water quality locally 11am – 3:30pm – Silent Auction (see items for bid below) 11am-4pm     Education & Displays all day  (see time sheet at INFO table when you arrive) NOON – Bring your trucks meet at the dumpster for remote site clean-up In 2012 we plan to remove trash from streams and waterways from Eagle Marsh to

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Save Maumee goes to Washington D.C. represented northeast Indiana for Clean Water Week

  If you would like to see what we said in Washington D.C. last week – CLICK HERE for Save Maumee 2012 Newsletter: Save Maumee Grassroots Organization represented northeast Indiana for Great Lakes Days again this year in Washington D.C. for Clean Water Week, through a grant from Healing Our Waters.  Save Maumee volunteers have represented northeast Indiana in D.C. every year since 2008!  This year was special though because we had Save Maumee volunteers, Celia Garza, Bruce Allen, Ryan Bailey and Abigail King all in attendance! Today, streams and lakes suffer from a legacy of toxic pollution, the spread of invasive species, and loss of habitat.  These factors, among others; threaten jobs, public health and way of life for people who depend on clean water!  Clean water, in fact, has ranked as the number one environmental concern for the last 10 years! 125 people were included in the creation of this document if you would like to know more! “Great Lakes Regional Collaboration” On February 28th & 29th Save Maumee volunteers Bruce Allen, Celia Garza, Ryan Bailey and Abigail King spoke to the following federal legislative offices. U.S. Federal Senators: Dan Coats met with Celia Garza Richard Lugar met

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Meetings Recap of LaFarga Copper LLC (Steel Dynamics Inc.)

On January 12, 2012, the Allen County Drainage board had their beginning talks about reconstructing the Bandelier Ditch #3.  Abby Frost-King and Celia Garza specifically requested from different contacts within the Surveyors office, to be informed of the day they would begin conversations. We were not called about this first meeting. They explained that this was only the introduction of the project and that there would be additional meetings. The Drainage Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 9:30am in the Council courtroom Suite 035 in the Garden level of Citizens Square. The next meeting will be January 26, 2012 at 9:30am. If they continue to speak and plan for this ditch improvement, it is imperative that we all attend to share our opinions…even though we have been informed that there will be a “public hearing” after the plans are in place and THEN the public who live in the area will be able to comment on their findings. Save Maumee had attended the last Allen County Drainage Board meeting of 2011.  We requested the review of the restructuring of Bandilier Ditch #3, since it seemed necessary to do this work before LaFarga Copper LLC (Steel

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2011 Tribute to our local Rivers

We wanted to commemorate our achievements for Save Maumee’s “Organization of the Year 2011” presented to us at Butler University by Hoosier Environmental Council. So, if you would like to see why we were chosen for the award, check out our video with local musicians Elephants in Mud. ALL pictures in the video were taken in 2011 ~ Click on the picture!

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Save Maumee Grassroots Org. wins "Organization of the Year Award"

Awards Ceremony at The 4th Annual Greening the Statehouse Policy Forum will be held on Saturday, December 10th at Butler University’s Reilly Room at Atherton Union in downtown Indy from 8:30am-3pm.  So join us for education from Indianapolis policy experts and environmental groups. For reservations call Jesse Karbanda at 317.685.8800 ext. 103 The Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization, has claimed “Save Maumee won Organization of the Year!”  Abigail King, Ryan Bailey and Jain Young will be accepting the award for the group. Supporters of the day include Sierra Club, Blue Green Alliance, Carmel Green Initiative, Indiana Green Business Network, Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Save the Dunes, City of Indianapolis-Office of Sustainability. Save Maumee has been chosen as a result of the positive impact on the community, the group’s great volunteer spirit, passion for the health of the rivers in the Great Lakes region, and ability to organize a number of very successful volunteer driven river clean-up and restoration events. Northeast Indiana Rivers Represented in Washington D.C. Save Maumee has been chosen by Healing Our Waters to represent Northeast Indiana for Clean Water Week during Great Lakes Days in Washington, D.C. The event will be held

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JOIN US for FREE River Loving FUN!

Upcoming Events:    ALL events are rain or shine ~ SATURDAY ~ September 17, 2011-  Save Maumee’s 4th Annual Canoe Clean Up, Can YOU Clean Up?  11am- 4pm Free canoes for the day at Fort Wayne Outfitters Bike Depot with ID.  Spend a fun day with family and friends on the river cleaning up and educating yourself! First come first serve Canoe Clean-Up Details HERE SATURDAY ~ October 22nd, 2011- Save Maumee’s 3rd Annual Seed Harvest at Fox Island Nature Preserve 1pm – 4pm, Come pick seeds that we will plant on our riverbanks for Earth Day 2012  Seed Harvest Details HERE Friday Sept. 30th and Saturday Oct. 1st.  ~ Northeastern Indiana Sustainable Living Fair and Market held downtown Grabill, IN Free attendance and if you would like to be a vendor or speaker please contact Julia Gorrell at juliagorrell@gmail.com or 260-418-0071 Friday Sept. 30th, Save Maumee’s Founder will be speaking~exact time will be updated the website here! Other Recent Events: **Save Maumee Grassroots Org. appreciates the recreational fun on the St. Joseph and St. Mary’s thanks to Friends of the River!  In 2011 Three Rivers Festival had its first local river event since I attended Northrop High School.  Progress is

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6th Annual Save Maumee's EARTH DAY FUNNY VIDEO!

Well, we are considered a good natured bunch, with a sense of humor… See our attempts at getting some nationwide attention!  We gave a funny shout out to Ellen DeGeneres, John Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, Steven Colbert & Oprah.  We figured any media attention is good attention, even if it is a little tainted!  We think that all the trash we pull out of our Three Rivers in Fort Wayne is ridiculous and wanted to share a little satire in our Earth Day efforts.  We have been accused of being “rough around the edges and a little crass,” so we did not want to disappoint!  Remember, we are a 100% unpaid volunteer group, so you get what you pay for!  Dirty rivers, however, are no laughing matter.  Let it be very clear though, we only want clean water, clean rivers and reduced pollution and we are willing to do something about it.  It is one thing that brings us all to a consensus.  Thank you for your continued support! Thank you to everyone who make our events a complete success….AGAIN! The first 30 seconds are specific to the celebrity, and the rest of the 2 minute video are basically the same.

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Information from Earth Day Happenings…Update to follow soon!

Save Maumee’s 6th Annual  EARTH DAY 2011 Celebration! Coordinated by Save Maumee Grassroots Organization           Safety Sheet – Please take a moment now and read! o       DO NOT PICK UP ANY BOTTLES CONNECTED TO A TUBE: IT MAYBE     A  METH-LAB *DO NOT TOUCH*DANGER*Find someone in a Save Maumee shirt. o        Go on your walk with a buddy so you can help and watch each other! o        Do not walk on unstable stream banks, disturbing these banks-including the vegetation growing upon them-can accelerate erosion and lead to a collapse.  Some of the plants you step on may have been planted by another participant! Be part of the solution, not part of the problem! NO STEPPING ON PLANTS. o       Don’t pick up any hypodermic needles, or other medical or hazardous waste or animal carcasses’ or manure but please notify someone to dispose of anything in question.  DO NOT TOUCH DEAD BIRDS. (bird flu & notify someone) o       We only want adults picking up sharp objects like glass because we do not want any children handling anything on which they may accidentally cut themselves. Adequate adult supervision is required at all times for anyone under 18!                                    **DO NOT LEAVE YOUR

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Save Maumee's 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration

~ Save Maumee’s 6th Annual Earth Day 2011 ~ SUNDAY April 17 ~ WE are here for the cause….CLEANER WATERWAYS AND AWARNESS ~ 11AM – 4PM ~ All Ages ~ Rain or Shine ~  Action & Education ~ Seed Planting & Large Scale Erosion Control Project ~ Free Fun Open-Non House…working on improving your rivers with only citizen sponsorship and 100% volunteers since 2005!  Looking for your back muscles! See where to find the Earth Day fun CLICK HERE: **Sign in and REGISTER FIRST and listen/read any information being presented about your rivers in Indiana – please sign the liability waiver, or you cannot participate.  (just keeping the lawyers happy :))Save Maumee Grassroots Organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions of the 3 Rivers in Fort Wayne, Indiana while facilitating ecosystem restoration projects; ultimately repairing and improving the St. Joseph, St. Mary and Maumee Rivers. Revitalizing the St. Joe/Maumee Watershed will protect and restore the environment, while improving the economic, aesthetic and recreational value.  We are organizing hypothesis driven restoration projects, which place a high priority on monitoring, developing and restoring rivers with a positive environmental impact. Research into historical importance of our navigable waterways and current pollution

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TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!

Greetings River Lovers ~ Happy Pre-Spring! Upcoming Save Maumee Events ~ Working to improve your waterways all year long! TODAY ~ Saturday February 26, 2011 Save Maumee Presents another FUN & educational evening! Enjoy yourself at Dash-In with us and live entertainment to celebrate awareness and forward progress coupled with great LIVE MUSIC and delicious FOOD & DRINKS and door prizes! Who is playing:     Sounds of Saturn      9pm-11pm –  cosmic vibrations & instrumental jazz Les Nester               11:30pm- 2 am-ish – scintillating sound Location: Dash-In (814 Calhoun Street, downtown Fort Wayne, IN 46802) Time: 9pm-2am (ish) Age: 21+, Cost to improve your waterways: $3 cover OR $5 gets you in the door AND in the raffle for door-prizes: What door prize?: Neuhouser Nursery Gift Basket, The Green Dog-dog bathing, and Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot compostable water bottle/t-shirt and free canoe/kayak rental for 2, Save Maumee T-Shirts, $25 GAS Gift Certificate, Hall’s Gift Certificates! ~Drawing throughout the evening…Must be present to win. Check out Facebook Invitation HERE All proceeds go to riverbank restoration materials for Save Maumee’s 6th Annual Earth Day 2011! Other Upcoming Events for 2011 Sunday April 17, 2011 ~ Save Maumee’s 6th Annual Earth Day!  11am-4pm on Niagara Dr.

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Seed Harvest Update & River Stuff!

Save Maumee Seed Harvest 2010 Update:   Harvesters…the river thanks 30 of you, for all the seeds gathered for our 2nd Annual Seed Harvest at Fox Island.  Save Maumee is noteworthy of recognition for true improvements on your riverbanks (riparian areas) and continue to be the key word in today’s environmentalism…SUSTAINABLE!  WE could not do it without YOU.  We plucked the following and will plant our harvested seed at Earth Day 2011! ~ A grand plan in the works.  We will be sending a hard working group to a remote site at NOON on Sunday April 17th, 2011.  Save Maumee 6th Annual Earth Day begins at the usual spot at 11AM. Working on website updates right now.       What did we pluck from the generous nature preserve, Fox Island, and what will we be planting for Earth Day?  Estimates of seed weight and prices.   The following in blue is a price list from Heartland Restoration/Earth Source Inc. (2010 quotes)   Big Bluestem: $12/LB                            Save Maumee collected approx . 5.5 lbs = $66 Canada Wild Rye: $14/LB                      Save Maumee collected approx.  4.5 lbs = $63  Indian Grass: $8/LB                               Save Maumee collected approx.  3lbs = $

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