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 email email@example.com
PAST EVENTS: Too many to list here, but wanted to show you some pics and highlights of a few of our past accomplishments in 2012!
- 2012 Canoe Clean Up – 60 volunteers cleaned-up a dumpster full of garbage from the St. Mary’s River while we listened to local musicians play! ….see the day here:
- Our River Rummage Sale in July was a success! Everyone involved said it was too much work, so hope you enjoyed it this one time! Special thank you for all rummage donations from people. Save Maumee donated ALL the unsold merchandise to: The Rescue Mission, Charis House, St. Vincent DePaul, 2 womens shelters, and several homeless individuals we met during the day. Pictures of the day here:
- Celia Garza and Abigail King represented NE Indiana at the 8th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
- Save Maumee’s displayed an experiment to demonstrate how erosion is harmful to the waterways at the New Haven Farmers Market
- Save Maumee’s northern bank near N. Anthony Blvd. is now “Wildlife Habitat Certified.” This is the area where we implement our erosion control projects! The signs will show site location and should be here in about 6 weeks!
- Save Maumee has partnered with North Manchester University to mentor one of their graduating students. Morgan Hill will be graduating next year with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, and a Minor in Business. WELCOME TO OUR RIVER FAMILY MORGAN HILL!
- Hailey Gardener was our Summer 2012 intern from IPFW. She is now an active volunteer and member of Save Maumee! She continues to work with us, so no need to say goodbye to our fabulous worker…THANK YOU HAILEY!
- Abigail King, director of the Save Maumee Lake Erie Waterkeeper program, was interviewed in the documentary ROMANCING THE RIVER: A MAUMEE LOVE STORY that premiered on WGTES TOLEDO STORIES, OCTOBER 18, 2012 AT 8:00 P.M We are requesting this documentary to be played in Fort Wayne on our local pubic station, WFWA-DT PBS39.
- Two reports are being released in December 2012 about the Maumee.
1. Water Quality Data of the Upper Maumee Watershed and its tributaries will be released thanks to the 319 grant received by the Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership.
2. The Nature Conservancy’s “Blueprint of Lake Erie” report.
Other Things Goin’ On:
- The Hoosier Environmental Council’s 5th Annual Greening the Statehouse Forum, Saturday, December 1 from 8:30 to 3:30 at the University of Indianapolis. This year’s event will be on HEC partnering with organizations across the state to discuss strategy and tactics that will improve the environment and the health of Hoosiers for the upcoming 2013 legislative session starting in January. Panel discussions and speakers will analyze the summer’s drought and its effect on recreation, agriculture, quality of life, water resources, economic development and climate change. Together we’ll educate and rally attendees on policies to advance public transit, green energy, sustainable agriculture, and protection of our rivers and lakes.
Registration fee of $20/general admission or $10/student includes entry to the forum, keynote speaker, panel discussions, and lunch. Register before Oct 31 for a $5 off Early Bird discount per ticket! TO REGISTER CLICK HERE:
- Public Notices for NE Indiana. We watch the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits (NPDES) as they are issued and reissued. NPDES are straight pipe discharge permits of chemicals into water by industry.
- The EPA has made information about our waterways easier to access….but much of the data is from several years ago. We look forward to newer reports as they are issued.
- This week we are celebrating the 40th Birthday of the Clean Water Act! Here is a Summary of the Act that was created to protect and improve our water.
- It is very IMPORTANT for the public to have access to information regarding their water. CLICK HERE because the publics’ right to know about polluted water is critical.
- This massive fish kill received a penalty of $1,000 and the requirement to plant 500 trees. Read about how IDEM is “cracking down” on water pollution.
- Health of the environment should not be political, yet the Indiana Governor has many responsibilities regarding the Dept. of Environmental Management.
- The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) website just went up…but check out the chemical and toxin information already on there!
GET READY 2013! Save Maumee will be hosting its 1st Annual Membership drive in late Winter! New supporters and long time contributors alike will come together to become members for the first time with Save Maumee! Together, through broad base support we will be stronger than ever!
HERE ARE WAYS TO HELP US TODAY:
Save Maumee receives $25 for every FREE energy assessment completed by Energizing Indiana. You can SIGN UP HERE and send it back via email or snail mail. Energizing Indiana will schedule a convenient time to come to your home and provide you with valuable information on where you are losing the most energy and money. As an added perk you have these gifts to look forward to:
1. FREE – 9 CFL light-bulbs, 3 sink aerators, and 2 low flow shower heads (they do not affect your water pressure) – to conserve energy and water.
2. Homes located in pre-designated areas, may receive up to $10,000 worth of energy efficiency installations to their homes (i.e. insulation for attic/walls, windows, thermal blanket for water heater etc).
3. Upon completion of your home assessment, Save Maumee receives $25/home within 60 days!
Energizing Indiana program is funded through our utility rates. The program’s goal is to reduce Indiana electricity use 2% by 2019. We support Energy Efficiency as means of helping to reduce Indiana’s 96% reliance on coal-fired power, which is incredibly harmful to our waterways.
You can still sign up even if you live in/rent a duplex or mobile-home.
It is an extremely easy way to help our efforts! You get free stuff and save money on your electricity bills! WIN WIN!
CLICK HERE: https://energizingindiana.com/savemaumee/ to sign up!.
Sincere appreciation for your support,
Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Save Maumee Program Director
305 E. Superior St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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