Several local businesses and members of the community volunteered their time and any chance of having clean shoes or clean hands to give the first miles of the Maumee River a much needed cleanup. We spent a lot of time cleaning up trash from the shore and pulling larger refuse, including tires and metal barrels, from the river. We also sent some people out on canoes to collect the many islands of trash floating at the top of the bends.
We are very proud of all of the progress that we made on Saturday. Our hope for next year is that we have more manpower. While we were able to pull a significant amount of trash from the river, we were unable to get to invasives and seeds this year like we had hoped. Please consider joining us next year so that we may make an even larger impact in our community.
SO WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
The Maumee River starts in Fort Wayne, IN and flows North and East through Ohio until it reaches Lake Erie. Several cities and towns along the way rely on this river for drinking water and it serves as the focal point for recreational activity in many of these same areas.
This first section of the river that was focused on for this clean up effort, from the Maumee River dam at North Anthony and Niagra Drive to Kreager Park, is the most neglected, polluted and generally unappealing part of the entire river – from “Fort” to “Port”. Why? Because of several sources of negligence, places downstream like Toledo, are suffering from a major water quality issue that’s even been discussed in a recent New York Times article.
EXTRA SHOUT OUT TO THESE AWESOME BUSINESSES!
While many hands make light work, we especially want to thank the following local businesses who not only showed up to help but went above and beyond to make our event a success!
Ted Nitza, president of The Secant Group visited from New York. Ken Davenport, GM of Park Place on Main, was late for dinner service in order to complete his old tire and rusty barrel pulling service. Unfortunately we do not have a photo of Ken and Ted completely covered in river mud and trash slime, maybe next time!
MJM Mechanical pulled the two trailerloads from the 2.5 miles of River Greenway to one central location point for collection.
Last but certainly not least, the best coffee shop in town, Old Crown Coffee Roasters hooked us up with some coffee and let us completely overflow their onsite dumpster for the cause.