Clear Choices, Clean Water: A New Initiative
April 22, Earth Day, was the kickoff day for a new program in northwest Ohio. The program was introduced at a press conference at the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services on April 11. Welcome to The Greater Toledo Lake Erie Chapter of Clear Choices, Clean Water.
Clear Choices, Clean Water is a national program that helps individuals of all ages learn about protecting water quality locally. The City of Toledo worked with the TMACOG Stormwater Coalition and its 24 governments in Lucas and Wood counties to make this a true regional program. Water has no jurisdictional boundaries and a regional program encouraging citizen involvement is the way to be most effective.
See the website: http://toledolakeerie.clearchoicescleanwater.org/. It’s in a testing mode so comments are welcome. Organizers hope that you’ll stay active on it as it develops more resources. There are five areas to focus on with educational activities for each:
• Cleaning up Pet Waste
• Volunteer Opportunities
• Native plants and Raingardens
• Lawns and Fertilizers
• How Kids Can be Environmental Superheroes
Water is our most important natural resource and organizers feel this program will rally the energy that our citizens have to make a difference. Paula Hicks-Hudson, mayor of Toledo said, “Let’s celebrate Earth Day all year.”
Tim Brown, president of TMACOG, said, “Since 2003, the Stormwater Coalition has fostered regional partnerships. Protecting water quality protects our most critical natural resource. Access to clean water is our economic development powerhouse and it is also essential to our quality of life.”
The Greater Toledo Lake Erie Chapter of Clear Choices, Clean Water was announced at a City of Toledo press conference held at the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services on April 11.
Jeanette Ball, administrator of the City of Toledo’s Division of Environmental Services, at the press conference announcing the new Clear Choices, Clean Water program.
Kevin Laughlin, of the Wood County Engineer’s Office and chair of the Stormwater Coalition, at the press event.