Toledo Blade Outdoors Editor Paddles the Mighty Maumee River Again After 27 Years


Maumee River
Credit: Katie Swartz

In Northwest Ohio, we are very fortunate to have such a dedicated Outdoors Editor, Steve Pollick, who continues to highlight our local rivers and streams as well as the fish, wildlife, and communities that depend on them.

Just before the long Fourth of July weekend, Steve along with Matt Horvat with Toledo Area Metropolitan Council of Governments (TMACOG), John Jaeger, a retired natural resources manager for the Metroparks District of the Toledo Area, and Lou Hebert, a veteran area broadcast journalist decided to canoe the length of the Maumee River, a 130-mile stretch, from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Toledo, Ohio.

From his perspective, once having paddled this route 27 years ago and again last week, there has been progress and improvements made on the river with less evidence of smelly sewage overflows and trash littered along the banks. With continued work by American Rivers and local conservation organizations, we will see greater improvements in these communities.

To follow their journey, read the following editorials by Steve:

Congratulations to Steve, Matt, John and Lou for finishing the long journey and educating all of us through your experiences.