Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Plans to Restore River Back to Health

Save Maumee Grassroots Organization Plans to Restore River Back to Health

This massive fire has caused some concerns about air quality in the area and the wellness of the Maumee River which lies just yards away from where the warehouse fire started.
"They were on top of it very early on, assisted us at the scene, back at the filtration center to make sure everything was being handled and treated appropriately and discharged appropriately as well." -Deputy Chief Mark Nelson
This massive fire has caused some concerns about air quality in the area and the wellness of the Maumee River which lies just yards away from where the warehouse fire started.

A representative from the Save Maumee Grassroots Organization has plans to restore the river back to health.

Save Maumee Grassroots is an organization that works to improve the health of Fort Wayne's river stream.  With the massive warehouse fire occurring directly next to the Maumee River, Founder of this organization is speaking out because she has added concerns about the river's health.

Black clouds of smoke could be seen from several areas of Fort Wayne.  The air tainted with smoke and debris while the Maumee River became at risk of contamination.  Deputy Chief Mark Nelson with the Fort Wayne Fire Department says water is already being tested.

"Water pollution was here and they were able to determine that the majority of our run off was going into the combination sanitary sewer, so that water was going to the water filtration plant."

Abigail King is the Founder of the Save Maumee.  She has concerns of the river's health.

"Everything that goes up into the air eventually comes down into the water and it's directly next to the Maumee River so I can imagine that some of whatever they had in warehouse or facility that it is now making it's way to the river."

King says the Maumee River is the largest body of water that contributes to Lake Erie.  She says that effects about 11,000 people's drinking water.  Deputy Chief Nelson says Fort Wayne Water Pollution is working to make sure no harm is done to this source.

"They were on top of it very early on, assisted us at the scene, back at the filtration center to make sure everything was being handled and treated appropriately and discharged appropriately as well."

Save Maumee has plans to restore the Maumee River's health from any damage caused by the blaze.

"We will be planting riperian native plants on the riverbank that will help with any of the sedimentation and anything that is going to make its way downstream.  It's a natural filter for rivers."

Results of contamination have not yet been determined by Water Pollution Officials.  Save Maumee will still work to plant trees in hopes of preventing any further harm to the river.
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