Alexandra Cousteau Talks Sustainable Water Management

Katie Rousseau at GreenTown conference with Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Cousteau and myself at GreenTown conference | Katie Rousseau

Last week’s GreenTown conference was the first step in a long process towards sustainability for the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio.

In a joint effort, the City and County along with many other local folks put together this conference that not only told the story about local sustainability efforts but also brought in big names from across the country to motivate and inspire the attendees.

One of the key speakers was Alexandra Cousteau, a National Geographic “Emerging Explorer” filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues. In her speech, she talked about the importance of how we use water and the effects of drought. She also highlighted issues surrounding the Potomac River, which we listed as America’s Most Endangered River® in 2012. The Potomac River, threatened by urban stormwater pollution and agricultural runoff, is much like rivers in Northwest Ohio including the Maumee, Sandusky, and the Ottawa.

The City and County’s next step towards sustainability is putting together a sustainability plan, which will focus efforts and set goals on a number of topics including stormwater management and Lake Erie issues, green building and energy conservation, local food production, green streets and community planning.  American Rivers has been asked to participate in the development of this plan.