New website emphasizes ‘Clear Choices; Clean Water’

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sylvania is one of the 24 northwest Ohio partners and part of Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government’s Stormwater Coalition. The coalition has launched a new website to show how to make Lake Erie water clean and safe.

A clean Lake Erie is a huge issue for both the environment and the economy. And, it’s a big health issue as well, since the lake supplies drinking water to millions of Ohioans.

Those are some of the reasons for developing the new website and a program called “Greater Toledo Lake Erie’s Clear Choices, Clean Water” for people of all ages. This is an interactive, web-based initiative that focuses on everything from native plants and rain gardens to getting kids involved in the effort to keep the lake clean.

“Through our website, people can learn about the importance of planting rain gardens cleaning storm drains and cleaning up after your pet. We also focus on the importance of volunteering in your community,” noted Kari Gerwin a water quality planner for TMCOG.


and learn how to plant a rain garden to soak up stormwater and nutrients and how you can reconsider how you treat your lawn.

“Lake Erie has about $13 billion impact annually to Ohio’s economy, so it’s not only your drinking water but it’s a place where people recreate. They go fishing and boating and spend a lot of money in the process. About one-third of Ohio’s tourism dollars come from Lake Erie so we all have an obligation to be stewards of our lake and the Lake Erie watershed,” said TMCOG President Tim Brown.