Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur today welcomed the announcement of two federal awards from the U.S. Forest Service for environmental improvements along the Maumee River.
“The Maumee River is the largest tributary into Lake Erie, so a healthier river naturally means a healthier lake,” said Kaptur.  “These federal awards move us closer to our goal—blue water and green cities.”
The Forest Service will provide $250,000 for remediation of 32 acres of old industrial sites by the city and the University of Toledo. The initiative would involve planting 145 trees and installing 12 rain gardens and bioswales along the Maumee. That award will be administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The other award involves $50,000 for restoration of the tree canopy along the river.  Toledo Area MetroParks, partnering with the city and ODNR, will plant 250 trees for wildlife habitat and erosion control on 37.5 acres of land that was formerly used for industrial purposes.
The two awards for the local area were included in $3 million in restoration projects in six states through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
“The GLRI is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. 
“We live in the most sustainable place on the planet. Nowhere on Earth does this much fresh water meet up with this much arable land.  It is vital to our future.  We have to take care of it so that future generations can enjoy a better quality of life.”