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MAAC Update

DMDSThe Committee is searching for new restoration and improvement projects within the Maumee AOC by using the DMDS (Data Management and Delisting System).  The DMDS is accessible to the public on the MAAC website. If you would like to suggest a project idea to the Committee, attend this summer’s meeting, register for an account on the DMDS and submit the project using the online form, or contact Partners for Clean Streams at (419) 874-0727 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friendly Reminders

  • MAAC Meeting: The next Maumee AOC Committee Meeting will be this summer. The date, time, and location have yet to be determined. Check our Facebook page and website calendar for updates!
  • Save the Date: The 2017 Clean Your Streams Day is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd! Partners for Clean Streams asks you to save the date and share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues. Visit the PCS website this summer for all information regarding Clean Your Streams. 
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Friendly Reminders

  • MAAC Meeting: Join the Maumee AOC Committee on February 22nd, from 2:00-3:30pm, at the Erie St. Market for the first committee meeting of the year. We are excited to discuss plans for this upcoming year and any updates on current projects. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to participate in this discussion. Any questions about the MAAC or the committee meetings, contact Partners for Clean Streams at (419) 874-0727. 
  • Register for the AOC Conference: The Annual AOC Conference for 2017 will be held on March 29-30th in Grand Rapids, MI. This annual meeting of the various AOC communities in the Great Lakes region is an opportunity to discuss the work being done and to connect with other like-minded organizations around the Lakes.  New for this year’s conference is a poster session, where different organizations will present their recent work to colleagues in an informal manner. Wondering whether you should attend? Here is who the U.S. EPA suggests attends the Conference: representatives of local Public Advisory Councils; state agency AOC staff members; tribal agency AOC representatives; federal staff involved in the AOC program; other AOC stakeholders like consultants and academics with interest in the AOC program.  Registration is due by March 24th. The conference fee is $80. For more information and to register, click here

Completion of Hoag Street Rain Garden Project

junc 01In September 2016, TMACOG, with support from Partners for Clean Streams, the Lake Erie Protection Fund, and the MAAC, completed the Hoag Street Rain Garden project. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of repurposing urban areas into green stormwater features, like rain gardens.  The rain garden has reduced the amount of water entering the nearby combined sewer system and serves as a holding facility to treat runoff from the surrounding urban area. To see pictures of before, during, and after construction of the rain garden, click here. It was also deemed important that the community members near the project area, known as Junction Coalition, be included in the decision-making processes for the project. They helped select the project site and provided ideas for the types of plants and other features that the rain garden would have.

Partners for Clean Streams is the fiscal agent for a small pot of money to support beneficial projects in the Maumee Area of Concern. In years past, when a business was cited by the Ohio EPA or the City of Toledo for violating some environmental rules, the business could negotiate putting money into a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) instead of only fines. These funds were held in a separate account, often with specific rules for how they could be spent. Partners for Clean Streams worked to find projects that would benefit the area and meet the criteria outlined in the SEPs. In 2015, PCS worked with Ohio EPA and the Maumee AOC Advisory Committee to issue a small request for proposals. By combining some of the smaller SEP funds into larger chunks with common goals and requirements, PCS, with input from the MAAC, was able to fund this rain garden project led by TMACOG for nearly $10,000 (which was part of the funding needed for the project).  Not only has the Hoag Street Rain Garden project improved the aesthetics of a vacant lot, it also serves as an example of successful green infrastructure for community members and city officials. Most importantly, the rain garden is functional in improving the quality of water leaving the site and entering the larger system that eventually leads to Lake Erie. 

Last Week to Register for Patch Day!

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One week left to register for Partners for Clean Stream's 15th Annual Youth Patch Day Workshop! The Workshop is on Sunday, March 5th 2017 from 1:30-4:30pm for children Kindergarten through 5th grade.  The cost is $5.00.  It will be held at the University of Toledo Student Union in the Ingman Room (#2520).  Check-in begins at 1:00pm with the program starting promptly at 1:30pm. Pre-registration is required by February 22nd! The Workshop is perfect for any child who loves water and wants to learn more about our local rivers, streams, and lakes. Patch Day offers youth the opportunity to explore exciting water conservation-related topics and learn how to make a difference in protecting our local waterways. Participants can fulfill requirements for various environmental merit badges or patch requirements. Among the usual hands-on activities on the water cycle, watersheds, and our local rivers, this year’s participants will also get to paint rain barrels as a part of the Toledo Rain Garden Initiative’s 10th Anniversary celebration! Flyers and registration forms are available in the Boy Scout and Girl Scout offices, or online on the MAAC website. We hope to see you at Patch Day! Contact the PCS office with questions and to register at (419) 874-0727. 

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.