Lydia LaMont Quoted in Journal Gazette Article for Earth Day Project

April 25, 2016

On April 17th, 2016, local grassroots non-profit Save Maumee, hosted its 11th annual Earth Day event at 800 Glasgow Avenue in Fort Wayne. Law School administrative assistant and Save Maumee Board President, Lydia LaMont, was instrumental in Save Maumee’s movement to reforest the river banks along the Maumee River corridor. This year’s Earth Day project was possible with funding from a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant, through the U.S. Forest service. The grant, written by Ms. LaMont, focuses on the most critically polluted subwatersheds within the upper Maumee River.

In winter of 2014, the Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership Group released the first watershed management plan for the upper Maumee. Ms. LaMont used the document as the starting point for identifying critical project areas to include in the grant. Sunday’s Earth Day event, where volunteers planted 380 trees in seven hours, was just two of six project areas that Save Maumee will reforest over the next two years. Planting trees along the riverbank will not only reduce sediment loading, but will also capture thousands of gallons of water each year from traveling downstream. It is important to note that while shedding water is a good way to reduce flooding for residents that live within proximity, it also causes severe flooding problems for people who live downstream. Retaining the water allows time for the native river plants and the trees to naturally filter and cleanse contaminants that are transported through the natural flow of the river. The Journal Gazette article can be viewed here.