Maumee River Watershed Project

  • Watershed Radio on FM 91

    The Maumee River Watershed is the largest watershed that empties into the Great Lakes and this region is struggling with water quality and water usage issues. In a series of radio reports, (click here to listen and visit site) FM 91 examines how buffer areas can prevent agricultural nutrient and sediment runoff; redesigning our communities so that porous soil isn't replaced with water resistant pavement; and developing new civic infrastructures to protect the environmental health of the water we depend on to live.

  • Maumee River Watershed

    The Maumee River Watershed is the largest watershed that empties into the Great Lakes and the region is struggling with water quality and water usage issues.  This video focuses on the relationship of land and the watershed; explaining the cycle of run-off sedimentation; nutrient loading; algal blooms; the huge dead zone appearing in Lake Erie; and the effects of climate change on the phosphorus cycle. What can we do to improve the watershed, and the very system we rely upon to survive?

  • Views: 398 Rain Garden 101

    Katie Swartz, Conservation Associate for American Rivers, walks through the basic components of a rain garden and how starting your own can improve water quality in your own backyard.  

    For More Information:  www.raingardeninitiative.org

  • Views: 261 Interview With Farmer Arden Weller

    Steve Davis, Watershed Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, talks with farmer Arden Weller.  The two discuss the benefits of using no till farming and a cover crop in Weller's soybean field.

  • Views: 195 Filter Strips

    Steve Davis, Watershed Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, shows us an example of a grass filter strip on a farm in Continental, Ohio.  The purpose of a grass filter strip is to provide a buffer between possible contamination sources and water bodies.

  • Views: 256 Conservation Reserve Program

    Steve Davis, Watershed Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service,  gives us a tour of a farm located in Continetal, Ohio that has taken advantage of the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program.  This program provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner.

  • Views: 180 The Role Of Vegetation

    Steve Davis, Watershed Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, talks about the role of vegetatioin in restoring habitat and absorbing harmful nutrients before they enter the watershed.

  • Views: 251 Algae 101

    Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio State University's Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, discusses the diffrent forms of Algae found in Lake Erie.

  • Views: 203 Sediment Journey

    Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio State University's Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, describes the journey and effects of sediment that finds its way from fields thoughout Northwest Ohio to the bottom of Lake Erie.

  • Views: 195 Sediment Sample

    Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio State University's Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, takes a sample of sediment from the bottom of Lake Erie and discusses what he finds in the sample and what it means about the health of the lake.  

  • Views: 230 Sources Of Harmful Nutrients

    Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio State University's Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, talks about how harmful nutrients, such as phosphorous, find there way into the watershed and ultimately into Lake Erie.

  • Views: 222 Water Column Sample

    Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio State University's Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, uses a plankton net to get a sample of the organic material living in the water column.  He discusses the harmful effects of algae not only in Lake Erie but also in Grand Lake St. Marys.

  • Lake Erie Legacy

    How do human actions impact the health of Lake Erie and its coastal areas? What role does Lake Erie play in the region's economy? How is the lake affected by changes in global climate?

  • Views: 854 WGTE Town Hall: Watershed Mentality -

    Explore the issues that impact the water quality of the Maumee River Basin, the largest watershed in the Great Lakes system. Bill Harris hosts this discussion of the current state of the water quality of the Maumee River watershed. Viewers participate by calling or emailing during this live program.  More info, discussion boards and more at more watershed info.

  • Views: 565 WGTE Town Hall: Swan Creek Watershed -

    WGTE, with the support of WPSU - Penn State Public Broadcasting, explores how local officials are working towards cooperative ways to balance civic and environmental needs in regards to how we manage the Swan Creek Watershed. Bill Harris hosts this in-depth discussion.  Taped February 2009.

  • Views: 161 PHOTO GALLERY | WGTE Town Hall: Watershed Mentality

    Photographs from the live Town Hall broadcast to address the challenges our region faces in keeping the water quality of the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie clean and healthy.

  • Views: 1032 Fate of a River: Revisited -

     

    This story updates the current environmental state of the Maumee River with discussion on the today's health of this important Great Lakes watershed. This program was born from a respect for, and a desire to update the decades-old original film 'Fate of a River' that spurred public interest in saving our Northwest Ohio water resources.

  • Views: 1421 Fate of a River: Apathy or Action -

    In 1965, the Junior League of Toledo produced this film depicting foaming detergents, raw sewage, industrial discharges, gasping fish and algae-laden streams in the Maumee River Watershed. This film helped citizens throughout Northwest Ohio recognize that their actions were negatively affecting local waterways and proposed actions they could take to clean up the environment.

  • Views: 188 Governor's Fish Ohio Day

    On July 12, 2010 a variety of government officials gathered for the Governor's Fish Ohio Day.  Hear comments from State Legislators, officials from the Department of Natural Resources, First Lady Frances Strickland and others as they answer the following questions:

    What is the State of Ohio doing to protect, preserve and restore the watershed in N.W. Ohio?

    What would you say to encourage Ohio citizens to do their part for the watershed?