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Maumee River subject of environmental tour

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It was a dreary, miserable Sunday in Toledo.

But folks still came downtown to learn some valuable lessons about the Maumee River and the importance of taking good care of it.

The best way to do that was getting an up-close view of the Maumee from the Sandpiper boat.

It was organized by the group 'Lake Erie Waterkeeper.'

Tour guide Sandy Bihn says the Maumee River is the Great Lakes largest watershed and what she calls the 'fishyest' river in the world, being the host to many species.

Ms. Bihn wants folks to understand and appreciate the value of the Maumee River to our area.

"It's better than it used to be. We don't have industrial waste going into it anymore. We have the issue with the algae and nutrients that are coming down the river into Lake Erie that we're worried about and the Asian carp coming in and having an impact," said Ms. Bihn.

Ms. Bihn is part of a movement to re-introduce the sturgeon to the Maumee River, a bottom feeding fish she says will keep the river clean.

She's also urging property owners to prevent runoff.

"If we keep it with rain gardens and rain barrels, slowing the water down before it gets to the river will help keep it clean."

The boat tour was part of the second annual Maumee Bay River Festival, featuring environmental groups and other activities.

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