Currents | December 2014

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We re-launched the RAP Committee,, the new DMDS, and a new local grant opportunity. So that’s what a re-launching blitz looks like! For those that missed it, read on for a summary and visit for more information.

If nothing else in this industry, we love our acronyms. So bear with us while we announce the many new or re-invented initiatives, all while adding some new acronyms to our collective jargon.

On December 4, we announced that your local hub for information on all things Maumee Area of Concern (AOC) or Maumee RAP will be The website is still under development, but you can go to it now for important info on the MAAC (not football but Maumee AOC Advisory Committee), the new Data Management and Delisting System (or DMDS for short) for the Maumee AOC, and the new local Request for Proposals for a small grant opportunity.

Also, with much ado, at the recent AOC Summit (Area of Concern Summit, that is), we announced the re-establishment of a local Maumee RAP Committee with a fresh new name: Maumee AOC Advisory Committee, or MAAC for short. The new MAAC will be a stand-alone committee, no longer under PCS’s umbrella, but still with our guidance and support as PCS as the newly dubbed Maumee AOC Facilitating Organization (but sadly, no nice acronym for that one). Applications are available at for those interested in joining the new MAAC. Applications are now due January 9th, 2015.

The DMDS is an online tool that serves a one-stop-shop for up-to-date status of the Beneficial Use Impairments in the watersheds in the Area of Concern, along with pertinent analytical data and projects underway, completed, and envisioned for the AOC. All of this critical information is shown geographically and through searchable resources and queries. The DMDS is a tool meant to inform decision makers, and those practitioners working in the water and on the ground, regarding the most critical areas to target, types of activities needed, and plentiful, diverse projects already underway in the AOC. Using all this information, together, the many businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations and citizens working in tandem will be able to determine more targeted steps needed to make measurable improvements to the many local waterways in the Area of Concern.

And last, but certainly not least, we announced a local small grant opportunity focused on improving the Beneficial Use Impairments and on demonstrating that small, but important, water quality improvements can move the needle on measurable improvement, especially when they can later be scaled up and aggregated across watersheds. Short electronic proposals, for up to $15,000 in grant funding, are due January 30th, 2015 for projects to be completed by June 2016. Please review the full RFP at

AGMEAPwinsThank you to everyone who joined us at the Annual General Meeting at the Ward Pavilion last month. The evening was quite chilly but the warmth of friendly, happy people and conversation, made up for it. Shankland’s Catering had a variety of foods and people enjoyed wine from Majestic Oak Winery. The presentation included all the highlights of work that has been done in the past year, and many well deserved awards. Clean Your Streams Challenge winners were presented with certificates and rotating plaques. The Board President awarded Kurt Erichsen with the Clean Streams Partner Award, a prestigious award for his leadership and dedication to over 25 years of improving our waterways. Finally, PCS paying dues members re-elected 3 board members and voted in 2 new board members. Congratulations to our newest board members, Denise Fonner and Kyle Spicer. The evening concluded with a Silent Auction with paintings, glass from the Toledo Museum of Art, Imagination Station tickets and much more. Thank you to all who celebrated 2014 and helped us look forward to 2015.

Currents: December 2014

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Patrick Lawrence, Ph.D.
President of Board
Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Geography
University of Toledo


Tim Schetter, Ph.D.
Vice President / Secretary
Director of Natural Resources, Metroparks of the Toledo Area


Colleen Dooley
Attorney, Private Practice


Terry Shankland
Board Member
CEO, Shankland's Catering


Andrew Curran
Board Member
Assistant Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America


Shawn Reinhart
Board Member
Environmental Manager, Johns Manville


Philip Blosser
Board Member
Market Development Manager
Perstorp Polyols

Partners for Clean Streams Inc. is striving for abundant open space and a high quality natural environment; adequate floodwater storage capacities and flourishing wildlife; stakeholders who take local ownership in their resources; and rivers, streams and lakes that are clean, clear and safe