Successful 2017 Maumee River Cleanup Day!

We are very pleased with the results of the inaugural river cleanup day hosted by BCS Management and Maumee Rentals!

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.

Maumee River Trash
trash island

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.


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.

We are honored to be recognized in The Journal Gazette‘s Weekly Scorecard as “winners” for our work at this event.  Check it out here: Weekly Scorecard

Fort Wayne Maumee River


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!

Ken Davenport Maumee River Cleanup
Ken Davenport – master trash picker
Ted Nitza The Secant Group
Ted Nitza pulling tires and….sweatshirts?







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.


The Secant Group Maumee River
The Secant Group
Engineering and Program Management
Park Place on Main Maumee River
Perfect spot for small gatherings or large corporate gatherings. To book your reservations please call (260) 420-8633
“Quality is not just something we say, it is in everything we do.”
Old Crown Coffee Roasters Maumee River
We roast it. We blend it. We love it!! Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee.

2 thoughts on “Successful 2017 Maumee River Cleanup Day!

  1. Doug Tester Reply

    I live in Fort Wayne and have a place in Lake Erie and we are there every weekend to fish and enjoy the islands. It’s so true about the water quality with the algae bloom still being a big problem ! Lake Erie is a jewel that most people from the Fort don’t realize how close it is and what it has to offer and taking care of the maumee is where it all starts. Please count on us the next time help is needed as I want to continue to enjoy what the lake offers and hopefully some day we can all enjoy the maumee more on a local bases ! thanks

    • Logan Hursh Reply

      Awesome! We are very passionate about this and are excited that you are as well. The next event like this will likely be next year, however, should we plan something sooner we will definitely get in touch. In the meantime, keep an eye out on our social and news page for updates and news as to what we’re working on. Take care, Doug.

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