Saving the Maumee River Watershed

Saving the Maumee River Watershed

Thursday, August 29, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Learn about the threats to the watershed and what we do to protect and preserve our most precious natural resource.

The Maumee River is the largest watershed region in the Great Lakes, covering 8,315 square miles and draining the water from counties in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana into Lake Erie. 

This special evening of programs explores how we can create buffer areas to prevent agricultural nutrient and sediment runoff; redesign our communities so that porous soil isn't replaced with water resistant pavement; and develop new civic infrastructures to protect the environmental health of the water we depend on to live.

Don't miss a full evening of meaningful, enlightening programs:

8:00 p.m. Toledo Stories: Fate of a River Revisted
This original WGTE documentary updates the current environmental state of the Maumee River with discussion on the 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.

9:00 p.m. Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure
"Liquid Assets" tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems - some in the ground for more than 100 years - provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth.

Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation's history. Exploring the history, engineering challenges, and political and economic realities in urban and rural locations, the documentary provides an understanding of the hidden assets that support our way of life.

10:00 p.m. Great Lakes Update: Environment Out of Balance Learn how Asian carp and Algae Blooms are not only threatening Lake Erie, but are also a challenge to our systems of environmental management.

10:30 p.m. Great Lakes Update: Water Knows No Border
The United States and Canada are struggling to find more effective ways to communicate and improve our shared use of the Great Lakes.