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Greater Toledo Lake Erie:
Clear Choices, Clean Water

TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition and other partners concerned with water quality are joining in with a national project called Clear Choices, Clean Water. The northwest Ohio group will be labeled the Greater Toledo Lake Erie chapter.

This project focuses on involving the general public in taking steps to protect water quality. “Large manufacturers are regulated to reduce pollution,” said TMACOG Vice President of Water Quality Planning Kurt Erichsen. “Households and small businesses are a place where individual actions will make a difference.”

A new website will launch right around Earth Day, April 22. TMACOG will be reaching out with public information materials to encourage people to log in to the website, take a pledge, and make an impact. The focus areas in this region are:

Pet & Other Poo. Take a pledge to pick up after your pet and don’t throw any waste in the storm sewers. Flush pet waste or add to household garbage.
Kid Superheroes. Kids take action with volunteerism and complete a series of learning opportunities, puzzles, and activities and earn a water quality superhero card!
Lawn Fertilizer. Learn about fertilizer. Lawn fertilizers also fertilize the lake where they feed algae. If you need to feed your lawn, learn to read the label on the fertilizer bag or choose organic.
Native Plants and Rain Gardens. Make a commitment to a rain garden. Rain gardens hold stormwater during rain events and let it percolate slowly into the soil. Native plants thrive in flood and drought conditions. Learn how to build a rain garden in your yard.
Volunteer. We’re seeking volunteers to adopt a storm drain. Keep your storm drain clear of leaves. Mark it with a notice that “Drains are for Rain – Throw Nothing in the Drain.” Let your neighbors know what you are doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partners for Clean Streams, through the Maumee AOC Advisory Committee, is a founding sponsor. They are supporting the Greater Toledo Lake Erie Chapter of Clear Choices, Clean Water. In-kind sponsors are Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission, Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District, the Department of Natural Resources (Scenic Rivers), and the Wood County Park District.


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