Salvage & Stewardship Partners Recognized
Seven area auto recyclers and salvage yard operators cooperated in a unique program to protect the waters of the Ottawa River and have been recognized for their efforts.
The Salvage & Stewardship program reached out to scrapyards in the City of Toledo where initial GIS research showed that water quality could be impaired by operations at the facility. Each yard was presented with a customized plan that would help the facility operate effectively while capturing fluids, avoiding spills, establishing clean up procedures, and taking other steps. Some yards built bioswales to capture stormwater runoff and treat it naturally before it drained into the river.
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell presented certificates to the partners at the fall/winter meeting studying Maumee River Areas of Concern December 6.
Partners in the Salvage & Stewardship program included the City of Toledo, TMACOG, and Tetra Tech. Tetra Tech has collected before and after water samples and is evaluating the effectiveness of the program.
Back row from left, Jim Schollenberger with OmniSource, Marc Gerdeman, a City of Toledo Environmental Specialist, and Dave Willet with R&M Recycling. In front, Kim Bragg with Cherry Picked Auto Parts, Ziad Hummos with Nationwide Auto Parts, and Sou and Rada Eltatawy from Rada & Sons. Also recognized but not able to attend: Westwood Auto Parts and Northtown Auto Parts.