As a young girl, I joined the Girl Scouts. Every summer we would go to day camp at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee, Ohio right on the Maumee River. It was this experience that led me to love the river.

When we had the chance to play in the river, I loved looking at all the fish and bugs. I also loved the feeling of the water running through my toes and across the tops of my feet. Now having a daughter, I want her to feel a similar connection to the river, which is why I work so hard to protect the Maumee and other area streams.