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Delving Deeper into the Status of the BUIs

The Maumee AOC Advisory Committee recently formed numerous BUI-specific teams to examine the status of the Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) in a step-wise process. Teams have been busy meeting all summer and are working on delving deeper into data, the status of the BUI in the Maumee AOC, and what projects need to be implemented to make progress specific to fish habitat, terrestrial habitat, macro-invertebrates, fish diversity and abundance, & other indices of health of the waterways. The BUIs use Ohio’s specific indices and data to measure progress within the Beneficial Use Impairments and in such a geographically large and diverse Area of Concern the conditions of the waterways, terrestrial habitat, and wildlife can vary greatly from watershed to watershed. Teams will update the full committee in August and eventually make recommendations to the full committee on identified studies and/or projects necessary to improve each BUI by using the metrics it is measured against.

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.