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Details of the Urban Waters Initiative and priorities for improving water quality in the Western Lake Erie watershed will be discussed Nov. 19 at the Maumee Branch Library.

Cheryl Rice, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, said the meeting is open to anyone with an interest in restoring urban waters.

The meeting will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is located at 501 River Road.

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the Western Lake Erie Basin was one of 11 new locations selected for revitalization efforts by the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

Rice said Tuesday’s meeting will focus on promoting clean urban waters and water conservation and how to use urban water systems as a way to promote economic revitalization.

With the addition of 11 new locations, the partnership is involved in 18 communities.

During a press conference in May to announce the new locations, Rich Sims, a regional conservationist with the NRCS, noted a partnership of local agencies began the Toledo Rain Garden Initiative and planted more than 50 rain gardens around Toledo, retaining an estimated 200,000 gallons of untreated rainwater since its inception in 2006.

Inclusion in the urban waters partnership will enable NRCS to expand its efforts in the Western Lake Erie Basin, he said at the time.


Grant awarded
The U.S. EPA last week announced it is awarding a $500,000 grant to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission to study the causes of algal blooms and low oxygen levels in Lake Erie.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant will be used to:
-Track the movement of various forms of phosphorus and nitrogen in the western basin.

-Assess the sources of nutrients that contribute to the formation of algal blooms.

-Examine the extent to which phosphorus loading in the western basin contributes to low oxygen levels in the central basin.

For information about the meeting call Rice at (419) 893-1966, ext 3. 

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