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2019 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference - Registration Underway

The 2019 Great Lakes Areas of Concern conference is being held September 11-12, 2019 at Windows on the River, located on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. It is organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. For full agenda details and registration information including information on breakout session options, please click here to visit the main conference page.

Advanced registration is required; the registration deadline is Friday, September 6 at 5:00 pm ET. To register, please click here.

Maumee River Water Quality Cruise

2019 Water Quality Boat CruiseOn August 4th, approximately 45 Toledo-area residents boarded the Sandpiper boat near downtown Toledo to enjoy a scenic river cruise and learn more about local water quality issues and related solutions. Local experts were on hand to discuss many topics, including several projects being done in the Maumee AOC. Jenny Carter-Cornell (MAAC Chair), of Hull and Associates, Inc., spoke about a number of upcoming projects being planned to improve the lower Maumee River (e.g., alternative uses of dredged material). More AOC-related project work was discussed when Bill Hintz, an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University, shared information about work being done with USGS to identify potential habitat and fish restoration projects in the lower Maumee River. All speakers took questions throughout their presentations and the guests seemed to really appreciate the thorough explanations provided. Many thanks to all of the speakers!

New and Improved DMDS 4.0 Ready for Use

DMDS 4.0DMDS 4.0 has officially been launched and is ready for use! This newest Data Management and Delisting System version provides additional enhancements to system functionality, specifically in three modules; Projects, BUI Status, and BUI Data Sources. The upgrades make it easier for users to search the database and tailor exported data tables (i.e. grids). Click here to visit DMDS 4.0 and see how much is happening in the AOC and what the latest BUI status is. Please feel free to send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New features include:

  • A pop-out/customizable data grid
    • new data grid layout allows for larger viewing areas for both the data grid and the map
    • data grid can be sorted, filtered, and arranged to each user’s needs/preferences
  • Video tutorial
    • available on the Home page
    • brief tutorial walks users through the DMDS basics and how to customize the new data grid
  • Updated DMDS Help Guide
    • available on Home page
    • downloadable pdf resource

Improved DMDS 3.0 Launched

DMDS 30The DMDS feature has been updated recently and DMDS 3.0 has officially been launched.  This new version increases functionality and ease for both admins and users.   DMDS 3.0 features several upgrades that give users more current and comprehensive information about Maumee AOC projects.  Click here to visit the new and improved DMDS web page.

New features include:

  • improved mapping tools
    • separates current samples from past sample points
  • improved BUI Charts tools
    • provide pop-up display box summarizing supplemental information used for generating progress percentage for each metric measured within a watershed
  • new Fact Sheets
    • generated by the admins for summarizing BUI impairments by HUC or all BUI impairments within a specific HUC
  • access to Project Summaries
    • can be printed as PDFs
    • links to specific projects

Upcoming BUI Workshop

The Maumee AOC Advisory Subcommittee on Fish Habitat and Benthos Recovery has been developing and detailing a list of future potential Management Action Projects (MAPs) to accelerate addressing issues within the Maumee AOC.  This workshop is intended to produce a list of recommended management actions for specific impairments for funding under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in order to make strides towards removing several Beneficial Use Impairments that have been identified under the AOC program.  Presenters will speak on current MAAC-recommended projects to specifically address Fish Habitat (BUI 14) and Benthos Recovery (BUI 6) and attendees will provide expert input and local recommendations for additional projects.  The goal of the workshop is to collaboratively develop effective and efficient plans for projects that will help delist BUIs.

The Maumee AOC Committee works toward fishable and swimmable waters in the Maumee Area of Concern and delisting the beneficial use impairments. The Committee is working towards all major restoration projects being completed by 2025, through collaboration of partners and volunteer opportunities by its facilitating organization, Partners for Clean Streams. The committee is made up of representatives from various organizations, citizens, businesses and non-government agencies to build long term solutions to the area’s water quality issues.