Boat Tour of Maumee River at Lake Erie

On September 17, TMACOG was host to a group of 47 including legislators and water quality planners from around the state of Ohio for a boat tour on the Maumee River from downtown Toledo to Maumee Bay in Lake Erie. Speakers on the boat shared information on current algae research, policy and legislature directed toward improving Lake Erie water quality, and information about port facilities that the boat passed. Captain Paul Pacholski, the president of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, captained the Sandpiper for the tour.

The tour was part of a quarterly meeting for the Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC) Areawide Water Quality Subcomittee. Before the tour, representatives from TMACOG and OKI Regional Council of Governments toured the City of Toledo’s Bayview wastewater treatment plant and a new construction project completed by the Northwestern Water and Sewer District in Northwood. At each location, facility and project staff were interviewed for a video project that will document statewide plans for wastewater treatment.

Joe Cappel, vice president of business development for the
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, listens to an introduction
from Kari Gerwin, TMACOG director of Water Quality Planning,
at a meeting aboard the Sandpiper.

Ohio State Senator Bob Hackett (chair of the Senate’s
Agricultural Committee), Ohio State Representative Riordan McClain
(member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development),
and Sandusky County Commissioner Scott Miller attended the meeting
aboard the Sandpiper.

Sandra Kosek-Sills is an environmental specialist at the Ohio Lake
Erie Commission.

Carol Contrada is Lucas County Commissioner and Chair of
TMACOG’s Water Quality Council.


Dr. Justin Chaffin is the research coordinator for Stone Laboratory
and conducts his own research on cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie

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