Maumee River Watershed Project
- 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?
- Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure is a cost effective approach that utilizes natural resources like grasses and plants along with structures such as rain gardens and rain barrels to filter as well as reduce the amount of rain water entering a conventional sewer system.
Maywood Avenue in Toledo, Ohio long suffered from flooding and other high impact rain issues. in collaboration with its residents, the City of Toledo decided to implement a Green Infrastructure Solution at a fraction of the cost of a typical Grey Insrastucture Solution.
- Grey Infrastructure
Many of our nation's first municipal sewer systems date back to the 1800 & 1900s. During there construction, population density was significantly lower and little was known about the health risks associated with sewage.
As a result, many modern day municipalities have a combined sewer system which during high impact rain events can overflow into the water system. Under the directive of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, communities are now required to develop policies and upgrade infrastruture to mitigate or eliminate combined sewer overflows.Read more
- Public Media Resources on Toledo's 2014 Water Crisis
During the 2014 Toledo water crisis, public media covered the story in a thoughtful and educational manner, bypassing the hype and concentrating on the root causes of the algae and microcystin problem.
- Views: 1 Moderator: Susan Ross-Wells | Panelists: Dr. Carol Stepien, Dr. Robert Michael McKay, Dr. Thomas Sodeman, Dr. Isabel Escobar, Dr. Patrick Lawrence, and Kenneth Kilbert | Harmful Algae in Ohio's Great Lake | August 5, 2014 | University of Toledo
Run Time: 42:26
A panel of faculty experts from The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University discussed how we got to a point of toxin produced by algae entering Toledo’s drinking water and where the region can go from here to address the issue of harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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: 242 Green Menace: Algae takes over more territory int he Great Lakes
Environmental scientists at the University of Toledo examine the harmful Algal Bloom in the Western Lake Erie Basin and explain how agricultural and municipal run off and sewage introduce pollutants, specifically phosphorus, into the watershed. The Ohio Sea Grant project and Stone Laboratory highlight how that phosphorus and those pollutants feed harmful forms of algae which flourish in the warm shallow waters of Lake Erie.
- 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: 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: 1 Greg Meyer | The Problem with Phosphorous | August 6, 2014 | Owens State Community College
Run Time: 57:43
Area residents and business professionals within the landscape, garden center, tree care and turf industry interested in expanding their knowledge about horticulture were invited to attend the 2014 Northwest Ohio Green Industry Summer Session at Owens Community College.
It was presented by Owens Community College in conjunction with The Ohio State University Extension/ABE Center in Bowling Green.
The regional workshop featured various presentations on insects and pesticides, tree and plant care, turf and landscape topics.
Greg Meyer spoke on “The Problem with Phosphorous.”
- Views: 862 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?