Save Maumee Grassroots Organization
ALL our work to date has been accomplished through
100% volunteerism and the kindness of strangers
Save Maumee program was formed to create
awareness about the conditions of the three rivers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, while
facilitating ecosystem restoration projects; to improve the stream health of the
Maumee and the waters downstream, that outlet into Lake Erie.
Ultimately, we attempt to repair and
improve the St. Joe, St. Mary, and Maumee Rivers while working to reverse years
of pollution. Revitalizing the St. Joe/Maumee Watershed will protect and restore
the environment, while improving the economic, aesthetic and recreational value
of our rivers.
We are organizing hands-on projects that place a high
priority on erosion control techniques. Native plants help to slow
down runoff and erosion, which lead to sedimentation in our rivers.
Sedimentation remains the #1 pollutant nationally.
We focus on the Maumee because the St. Joe and the St. Mary's come together to
form the Maumee headwaters in Fort Wayne, IN - the most populated city in the
Upper Maumee Watershed
The Maumee River is the largest and longest contributing stream to the Great
Lakes in the United States!
Up to 80% of a streams water quality is
inherited at its headwaters.
The Maumee River empties into Lake Erie via
the Western Basin
READ about Save Maumee, "Org. of the Year 2011" HERE
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Our goal is safe fishable, swimmable water.
Fort Wayne, Indiana ~ The Summit City ~ Known for
it's 3 Rivers
Sewer Overflows (CSO's) discharge directly into Fort Wayne Rivers between
70-80 times per year
Variances and tax incentives are given to
but not to protection of the land draining into our rivers
24% of Fort Wayne's tree canopy is being removed due
to the Emerald Ash Borer
American Electric Power is removing trees that are
in the right of way of their power poles
10.5 miles of levees surround our 3 rivers in
downtown Fort Wayne, and the Army Corps of Engineers are removing trees and
shrubs 15 feet from ALL levees.
More pavement and concrete cause more runoff into
sewers, removal of vegetation also removes a natural water filter
Public areas are over-mowed during drought periods,
while Raingardens are promoted - both using citizen dollars
Half-a-million-dollars of Legacy $ is currently
being spent to research how to bring business and "downtown river development"
to 8 miles of downtown rivers
2013 Fort Wayne Three Rivers Raft Race and RiverFest
have concerns; The rivers are more of a liability than an asset
St. Joseph Municipal Beach is no longer appropriate due to pollution
and related illness.
EPA & IDEM REPORTS and our Allen County
Comprehensive Plan HERE
REMEMBER: IF it harms water quality, it is a bad idea
The Maumee River remains on the 303 (d) list for impaired water
(Integrated Report 2010).
beneficial use means:
1. restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
2. tainting of fish and wildlife
3. degradation of fish wildlife populations
4. fish tumors or other deformities
5. bird of animal deformities or reproduction problems
degradation of benthos-collection of organisms living on the lake/river bottom
7. restrictions on dredging activities
eutrophication or undesirable algae
9. restrictions on drinking water consumption, or taste and odor problems
10. beach closings and limited recreational activities
11. degradation of aesthetics
12. added costs to agriculture or industry
13. degradation of
phytoplankton and zooplankton populations
14. loss of fish and wildlife habitat
(EPA: Area of
Concerns, Maumee River, 2010)
See Julie's story here: an example of illness caused by our local rivers
Success & Action Call
Meetings at Don Hall's Old Gas House -
The FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH - 7PM-8:30PM sharp
Free coffee and
tea will be served.
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305 E. Superior St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Valley Heritage Corridor also realizes the importance of protecting the
environment, also protects the history and heritage of the Maumee!
Hold Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership accountable. When the Watershed
Management Plan is completed in 2014, implementation of that plan should be
Save Maumee is represented as one vote, among many, for your waterways! Come and
be another vote for clean water!
Join Us -
More action, less talk
River restoration is a necessity,
not a luxury.
U.S. citizens depend on the services that healthy streams and
Let's all join together! Please invest in Natural Capital!
Read Save Maumee's Past Accomplishments Page
Success from Grassroots UP!
Please email Abigail
King or call if you have any questions or
Save Maumee Produced Information
CLICK for Save Maumee 2012 Advocacy
"To preserve, protect, and improve the watersheds, waters, and fish of Lake Erie,
The Great Lakes' warmest, shallowest, most biologically productive lake, and to
increase public awareness through collaboration, education and advocacy."
- Lake Erie Waterkeeper Mission Statement
The activist is not the one who says the river is dirty, but the
one who cleans it up. ~Ross Perot
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~ Mother Theresa
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