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Watersheds: Lower Maumee


The Lower Maumee River Watershed drains 16% of the Maumee Watershed. Agriculture is the predominant activity, although the watershed features heavily urbanized areas as well. Of the 2.150 miles of streams in the watershed, 41% are designated as impaired, including the entire main stem of the Maumee River. Agricultural practices, stream channelization, and urbanization have all lead to the loss or degredation of many landscape features that once attenuated flows, provided detention, and retained sediment.

Quick Facts

- Watershed Area - 1,082 square miles
- Empties To - Maumee Bay in Lucas County.
- Land Use - 85% cropland, 9% woodland
- Largest Cities - Toledo, Defiance, Bowling Green, and Napoleon
- Watershed Population - 295,700
- Watershed Counties - Fulton, Henry, Defiance, Putnam, Hancock, Wood, Lucas.

Getting Local

Partners for Clean Streams, Inc. (PCS) was formed in early 2007 as a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization with an interest in supporting local and regional water quality improvements in the metro-Toledo area. Partners for Clean Streams is striving for abundant open space and a high quality natural environment; adequate floodwater storage capacities and fl ourishing wildlife; stakeholders who take local ownership in their resources; and rivers, streams, and lakes that are clean, clear and safe.

Click the logo below to visit the PCS website.


Studies & Reports

Lower Maumee Watershed Rapid Assessment - NRCS - (PDF)
Lower Maumee Watershed Assessment
Historical Assessment of Streamflow and Water Quality Activities
WLEB Stakeholder Grants - Rd 1 - Final Report - PCS