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TMACOG’s Horvat Recognized

Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) has honored TMACOG’s Matt Horvat and Blade writer Steve Pollick with their annual Clean Streams Partner Award. The two were selected for the award for their canoe trip this summer, traveling the length of the Maumee River from Fort Wayne, Indiana to the Port of Toledo over four long days. Mr. Horvat is the Maumee River Coordinator at TMACOG.

The canoe trip that the two made was followed avidly by readers who saw the daily photos and articles by Steve Pollick in the Blade, and videos and blog entries from Horvat on social media and the TMACOG webpages. The award was created by the PCS Board of Directors in 2007 to honor individuals and/or organizations that have worked to improve our rivers and streams. The canoe trip brought attention to the condition of the river and to the value of the largest U.S. watershed that drains to the Great Lakes. As Mr. Horvat said after the trip, the part of the Maumee that he sees most often – between Perrysburg and Lake Erie – is just a little downstream piece of a very big watershed. “It’s easy to get preoccupied with individual projects,” he noted, “and this trip brought home the fact that the watershed is a big, interconnected network of waterways. We need to be reminded that the water going by farm fields in Indiana turns into drinking water in Bowling Green and Maumee Bay.”

Matt Horvat, Maumee River Coordinator.

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