Thank you for helping to pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Our group has been following this Bill since it was introduced over a year ago by Marlin Stutzman. As your constituents, we feel this Act was a great step toward protections and restoration of our local surface water. Well done!
Our group would like someone from your Office to explain the removal of vegetation on levees after the passing of:
Issue: July 2014, the vegetation removal continued
The Board of Public Works via Army Corps of Engineers began spraying Rodeo, upon several miles of riprap, along all three of our local rivers. There is another application planned in the Fall. Rodeo is the only DNR approved herbicide for near-water applications to kill all plant life. This is indiscriminate removal of vegetation. Full ACE levee inspections were done throughout Fort Wayne in October 2013! It appears redundant and counterproductive, and most importantly, a waste of tax-payer money.
The Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan (UMWMP) is currently being reviewed by the Federal EPA. The UMWMP was due to be released to the public on July 31, 2014. This is the first time in history that the the United States EPA will review a watershed management plan, and report directly to you, the Federal Senators of the United States.
As Steering Committee Member and Treasurer of the quasi-government group that created the UMWMP, I am requesting that someone from your Office attend either the UMWMP unveiling.
The UMWMP describes vegetation as being beneficial for habitat, while strengthening shorelines and reducing nutrients & erosion. Please help us to stop indiscriminate vegetation removal along our already impaired waterways in Fort Wayne!
Continue to save our dollars by creating responsible programs that will preserve surface water, not merely appearing to protect water quality for our great State.
Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Vice Chair
Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership Treasurer
Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee
Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor Environmental Consultant: Region I