Riverfront Gathering

img_5184This event took place this August on the banks of the Maumee River in Defiance. The evening was a time to stop and reflect on our local historic and natural resources. The goal was to connect people to the river and we achieved this by taking about 130 people on free pontoon boat rides! The pontoon was provided by the Tri-State Watershed Alliance, a group focused on improving watershed health, recreation, and business opportunities.
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The mayor of Defiance, Mike McCann, and an Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership Board member, Rex Oskey took turns driving the boat and chatting with riders about local history, water quality and plans for the future. In addition, we had kayaks available for people to try a little human powered boating. Overall, it was a great event with music, food, art, farmer’s market, and activities for the kids. Look for a similar event in 2017 to celebrate the River!