Stream of Thought:
- If everyone in Toledo picked up 5 pieces of trash a week, we would have picked up 1,435,000 pieces of trash in that one week. That's 74, 620,000 or 74.6 million pieces of trash in one year. Still don't think the small things add up?
- Buying vintage, lightly used clothes saves money and decreases the use of new resources.
- Saving streams by buying food? It doesn't get easier! Check out the Kroger Community Page to learn how you can earn money for PCS by using your Kroger Plus Card. Imagine that for everything you buy with your card, PCS earns a portion of the profits from Kroger. Its easy to sign up and even easier to use!
- The famous Walleye is a great swimmer. According to ODNR, a Walleye can swim up to 50 miles in one night.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to keep water pressure up while cutting usage of water in your home.
- There are 99 fish species currently living in the Maumee River.
- Carry a reusable bottle. Save money and avoid waste by filling your bottle with water or fountain drinks on the go!
- Save water by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth. You can save gallons each time!
- Turn off your computer and other electronics when not in use to save on your electric bills.
- Pack a waste free lunch! Use reusable containers to reduce your trash impact.
- Take a stand on straws! Next time you are out, tell your server to hold the straw.
- Don't run the tap when washing dishes in the sink. Instead, plug the drain and fill the sink with soapy water or use a wash basin. This will help reduce water usage when you have lots of dishes to do.
- BYOB- Bring Your Own Bag! Prepare for unplanned shopping by stashing a tote bag for trips to the grocery store, mall or other errands. Save landfills and plastic!
- The Maumee River, starting in Fort Wayne, IN, is the largest river emptying into any of the Great Lakes. It also is the most biologically productive.
Reaching the Next Generation
Thank you and congratulations to the 85 young Scouts that attended the Youth Patch Day Workshop on Sunday, March 2nd. The group of energetic Boy and Girl Scouts from kindergarten through fifth grade earned the blue and white embroidered Partnering for Clean Streams Patch by participating in various water education activities. Professionals that work to improve our water quality daily came to lead activities by teaching the children how to become educated and active stewards of our water resources through hands on activities. Participants played in dirt, made worm bins, learned about agriculture, painted a protective storm drain message and explored how water is treated so it is safe for us to drink. The workshop ended in song highlighting benefits of rain gardens. Many of the participants were excited to come back next year. One parent commented, "The presenters were very engaging and the kids are learning a lot that they wouldn't get anywhere else." An eleven-year-old Scout agreed, with an enthusiastic, "This is really cool!" A huge thank you goes out to all those who participated and all those professionals who made the event possible, including Cherie Blair, Andrea Beard, Jen Huber, Jamie Kochensparger, Cheryl Rice, Patrick Lawrence, Richard Kroeger, Rick Hannum, Marilyn DuFour, and Lauren Rush. We look forward to see you at next year's workshop!
Toledo Community Foundation Grant
We have great news! Partners for Clean Streams has been awarded a $17,000 grant from the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation to support our stream cleanup programs next year. This grant will allow us to purchase more permanent, reusable supplies and materials, support the Outreach Coordinator, expand our impact, and involve more volunteers throughout the year during river cleanup events. It will support our Outreach Coordinator’s ability to build and roll out expanded opportunities to remove lead and line in the Get the Lead Out program. Beyond those programs, this grant will expand our stream cleanup opportunities to reach even more groups and families throughout the year and clean river banks not cleaned during the signature Clean Your Streams event. We are so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to expand our stream cleanup programs. Read the complete press release here and learn more about the Toledo Community Foundation grants here.
Going Beyond the Call of Duty
This year's winner of the Clean Streams Partner Award was announced at the Annual General Meeting on November 19th. Every year, it is given to someone who has shown extraordinary dedication and leadership in improving the area's waterways. The 2013 Clean Streams Partner award goes to Cherie Blair. Cherie has been the Maumee Remedial Action Plan Coordinator for Ohio EPA since 1996. She was the first Maumee RAP Coordinator in the watershed, working in the district office for Ohio EPA and living in the Area of Concern. Prior to that she worked at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and helped start the Coastweeks program and the Lake Erie license plate program in Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree from Adrian College but her passion for water began as a child. Cherie grew up on Lake Erie, literally, commuting between Marblehead and Kelley's Island.
With her passion for the area and for water, Cherie continuously goes above and beyond the basic fundamentals of her job by volunteering time in evenings and weekends. She tirelessly works to disseminate information to help groups plan strategically and to leverage more resources for improving water quality in the region. She has become a central pivot point in the work being done by the many partners including businesses, government and non-profit agencies working toward clean, clear and safe waters.
Cherie is receiving the Clean Streams Partner Award because of her countless hours and dedication for the work she does with Partners for Clean Streams and for the Maumee AOC, which goes way beyond her job description as Maumee RAP Coordinator for Ohio EPA.