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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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"FortWayne.com" coverage of Save Maumee's Award

  The Lowdown: Save Maumee grassroots group named environmental “Organization of the Year” in Indiana Submitted by Jaclyn Goldsborough on Thu, 12/22/2011 – 12:06   Posted in http://fortwayne.com The Lowdown Fort Wayne is known for its three rivers — the St. Joesph River, St. Marys River and the Maumee River — but who is protecting them? The answer is Save Maumee. Save Maumee was honored in early December by the Hoosier Environmental Council as the “Organization of Year” for empowering the people of Fort Wayne to protect the extensive waterways by doing projects, events and legislation. Click here to see a photo gallery of Save Maumee initiatives. Founder of Save Maumee, Abigail King, started the grassroots organization in 2005 to raise awareness of the conditions of the three rivers and develop restoration projects to make sure the rivers are healthy. “I just started paying attention and reading about the rivers after we moved into a house near the river. The things I dug up in the river horrified me, and many people I talked to didn’t know what was wrong with the waterways. Many times with the government, it seems like one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing. I

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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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U.S. Army helps Save the Maumee!

July 16th 2011– United States National Guard helped Save the Maumee River! Lead by Staff Sergeant Grimm and Sergeant Michele Berkes-Adams along with a medic and 20 recruits removed large items in the Maumee River in Riverhaven, (a three mile stretch between Fort Wayne and New Haven). – The U.S. Army works on “green drills” several times a year and had chosen to help Save Maumee!  Items removed include a teddy bear, 10 tires and assorted car parts, steel drums, a sump pump, 2 children pools. Hats off to the men and women who keep us safe through cleaning up the large items that nobody else can remove without being put in harms way! Canoes were provided by Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot and Earth Adventures; two competitors working together to improve our rivers.   Here are two seperate stories from the Journal Gazette! http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110717/LOCAL/307179893/1002/LOCAL Troops attack Maumee trash Published: July 17, 2011 3:00 a.m. Patrick Svitek | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne– Ten tires, two kiddie pools, a sump pump, a microwave and a doll head were among items collected by Staff Sgt. David Grimm’s Indiana Army National Guard team Saturday afternoon in the Maumee River. As part of the National Guard’s nationwide

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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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More Trees Removed Along Riverbanks?

VIDEO AND COVERAGE HERE: Levee Tree Removal in Fort Wayne It has recently come to the attention of Save Maumee that trees along the Maumee River and St. Mary’s River are indiscriminately being cut down by order of the Board of Public Works by orders of the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Apparently, this area of the riverbank lies on a levee and during one of the last big floods in Fort Wayne, the riverbank and the trees fell into the water.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of regulating levees by setting the safety guidelines and according to city planners, the US ACE directed the city to “remove the trees and make repairs or lose the acceptable rating of flood protection.”  This has resulted in the removal of hundreds of trees along the riverbanks of the Maumee River – in addition to trees removed from the St. Mary’s and St. Joe Rivers as well. Straight from the Board Of Public Works “Officials in Fort Wayne say there should be no trees cut down along the city’s flood levees because there aren’t any. The levees here were built by the corps in the 1990s, and the only

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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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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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September Local River Events & Updates

Hello River Lovers,   Many interesting things are always happening locally. Here are the upcoming events you should consider attending to improve our area and support your waterways!   Next Month of Events ~   *Friday Night – September 17th  6PM – 2AM – Save Maumee’s PUNK PARTY Fundraiser at Berlin Music Pub 1201 W. Main Street – $5 at the door will open you to a punk party you won’t forget. ALL AGES! – but beware, this is a metal show and may have explicit lyrics.  Bands include: Twisted Aversion, Rise to Fall, 11M12D, Autovalor and Blood From A Stone –  educational material provided and rounding-up the river volunteers for the next day’s event! – The Canoe Clean-Up!  – PUNK PARTY  information here: http://www.facebook.com/search/?post_form_id=06859ba8b863709dad579c2caef614c6&q=friends+of+the+river+fort+wayne&init=quick&sid=0.8046695199651317#!/event.php?eid=144377062268798&ref=ts   AFTER YOU ROCK OUT for the Maumee in the evening….come and CLEAN UP Fort Wayne’s Rivers in the morning!   *Saturday September 18th 11AM – 4PM Save Maumee’s 3rd Annual Canoe Clean-Up, Can YOU Clean-Up ~ all ages ~ rain or shine ~ FREE – FORT WAYNE OUTFITTERS & BIKE DEPOT LOCATION  – Cass Street behind The Bean –  (off Wells St.)  Free canoe rental for participants for the day with a photo I.D.!

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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 Canaan Eubank, 14, collect trash along the Maumee River on Saturday. Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership sponsored the Bi-State River Cleanup. Tires. A Little Tikes sport coupe. DVD cases. A car door. Sounds like trash in a junkyard or a city dump. But it’s litter found in the Maumee River. The Upper Maumee River Watershed Partnership and local volunteers spent several hours Saturday canoeing down a two-mile stretch of the Maumee gathering trash as part of the Bi-State River Cleanup. This is the first event the partnership has organized, but treasurer Abby Frost has led several outings on other parts of the river with the Save Maumee Grassroots Organization. Volunteers used canoes and boats to scour the river and collect as much trash as possible. But with limited time and minimal manpower, they had to leave a lot behind. “There’s a lot of stuff we had to leave out there, which I wasn’t expecting

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Save Maumee's Response to Attack on the Environment

This is the letter to the editor in response to Terry Smith from Columbia City’s piece. (below) Written May 11, 2010 —————————- Indiana is 94% reliant on coal-fired power.  Yes, energy independence from the burning of fossil fuels is a must.  If rolling black outs are a fear, consider putting a solar or wind powered system on your home and receive reimbursement for your investment on next years taxes and watch the savings add up over the lifetime of the house.  In In the 1970’s Germany had concerns about energy security concerns and began research and development. “A federal Electricity Feed Law (StrEG) was adopted in 1991 and became the most important instrument for the promotion of renewable energy in Germany during the 1990s. It obligated public utilities to purchase renewably-generated power from wind, solar, hydro, biomass and landfill gas sources, on a yearly fixed rate basis, based on utilities’ average revenue per kWh. Remuneration to wind producers was set at 90% of the average retail electricity rate; for other renewable power providers, compensation was set at 65-80%, depending on plant size, with smaller plants receiving the higher subsidy level. The StrEG effectively subsidized the operation of commercial wind installations

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Earth Day 2010 in the news

Celebrate River Lovers!  LOOK what you have done for our 5th Annual Earth Day 2010 on the Maumee River! The benthos community thanks you!   TOTAL TRASH REMOVED FROM OUR WATERWAYS TO DATE: 8.5 TONS!!!!   TRULY, THANK YOU!  This work could not be accomplished without YOU!  Sunday April 18th,  2010 we had 267 official count of volunteers that worked so hard!  EVERYONE who works for Save Maumee Grassroots Organization and your rivers, do not receive any compensation of any kind.  100% of donations go to the expensive restoration technique materials.   YOU planted 3 acres worth of native riparian DNR approved seed underneath 1,000 sq ft. of erosion control mats and other barren areas to reduce erosion/sedimentation.     TREE PLANTING RECORD THIS YEAR!  – 60 River Birch, 40 Burr Oak, 50 Red Oak, 20 Pin Oak, 20 Swamp Oak and over 1,000 Weeping Willow Poles and Corkscrew Willow Poles!  Total tree count for this one day: 1,090 TREES This Earth Day brings the total to just fewer than 2,000 trees planted on your waterways!   YOU planted over 300 native plant plugs (previously started seedlings)! These retain deep tap roots that hold them in place when the area floods.

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Save Maumee Earth Day Video on Public Access

  April 3, 2010 at 2pm – COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel25 April 5, 2010 at 10:49pm – COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel 25 April 6, 2010 at 2:49pm –  COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel 25 April 10, 2010 at 7:49pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 OR April 10, 2010 at 3:19pm – COMCAST channel 55 VERIZON channel 25 April 13, 2010 at 4pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 April 15, 2010 at 7am – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 April 17, 2010 at 5pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 April 19, 2010 at 4pm – COMCAST channel 57 VERIZON channel 27 ~ Save Maumee ‘s 5th Annual Earth Day 2010 ~ ~ SUNDAY April 18 ~ ~ 11AM – 4PM ~ all ages ~ rain or shine ~  action & education ~ Free Fun  HOW IT WORKS: Please bring with you: *  family and friends (must have parent present if under 18) * garbage bags / shovels * muddin’ shoes * gloves * ponchos * your able body if you don’t have anything on this list! * Save Maumee will provide these things until supplies are gone! We are establishing projects to

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Maumee River Advocate working to improve locally!

An article written by a local blogger, Robert Rouse. Thank You Robert! Change starts at the ground roots level   Friday, February 12, 2010 By Robert Rouse   Abigail Frost Abigail Frost took the mantle of a grassroots organizer to the nth degree after purchasing a home that overlooked the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, IN.  What she found in the river below her home compelled her to found and organize the Save Maumee Grassroots Organization. The riverbank must have looked like a dump site to Frost.  Trash and debris littered the banks of the Maumee beneath her home.  Frost and her army of volunteers do their best to raise awareness about the problems with not just the Maumee River, but with the other two rivers (St. Jospeh and St. Mary’s) that converge with the Maumee near downtown Fort Wayne. Each Earth Day, the group organizes a clean-up of the banks.  One year resulted in more that two tons of garbage extracted. Here is a little more information about the Three Rivers – which, by the way, I live less than 100 yards from the confluence – provided by Save Maumee. The 3 Rivers in Fort Wayne, Indiana appear brown

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Response to Mayor Tom Henry's State of the City Speech

Local FOX News Story – Save Maumee Weighs In –  Watch here while it lasts…. http://fortwaynehomepage.net/fulltext/?nxd_id=21324 Reported by: Marchelle McConnell Friday, February 19 2010 Monday Mayor Tom Henry spoke about his efforts to improve the rivers in his state of the city address.  The Mayors River efforts are connected to a federal mandate issues by the Environmental Protection Agency. The city is required to improve the rivers by 2025.  The city has been working toward this for years. A city official says the reason the mayor included the rivers in his speech this year was to show his commitment to the mandatory project. Abigail Frost, a local clean river activist and founder of Save Maumee, wants to see the city take more action. Frost says “I see them bringing up the rivers as movement and progression, yes. I eagerly anticipate what the city has planned in addition to the mandatory EPA regulated long term controlled plan.” Frost says the city always has plans, but she wants to see more hands on projects. Frank Suarez, with the City Utilities and Public Works, says “Right now we have the upper Healy interceptor which is a pipe that 52 inch wide. It’s going

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