WELCOME TO MRBPLG
The Maumee River Basin Partnership of Local Governments (MRBPLG) is a consortium of cities, towns, villages, townships, counties, watershed management groups, and the regional community, which was founded in March 2001 by the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana and the City of Toledo, Ohio. This Partnership stretches across three state boundaries and focuses on a watershed-based approach to water quality management in the Maumee River Basin.
To read more information about MRBPLG, please see the About MRBPLG page, or click around the website.
In early 2009, the MRBPLG was awarded grant funds from the Walmart Storm Water Compliance Team to provide enhanced training regarding stormwater program requirements; showcase innovative stormwater BMPs; enhance water quality within the basin; and provide increased education and outreach related to water quality impacts. For more information on this grant effort through MRBPLG, please see the Walmart Grant Information page under Basin Resources.
INTEGRATED PLANNING - January 24, 2013
An integrated planning process has the potential to identify a prioritized critical path to achieving the water quality objectives of the CWA by identifying efficiencies in implementing competing requirements that arise from separate wastewater and stormwater projects, including capital investments and operation and maintenance requirements. This approach can also lead to more sustainable and comprehensive solutions, such as green infrastructure, that improves water quality as well as supports other quality of life attributes that enhance the vitality of communities. The CWA and implementing regulations, policy and guidance provide the necessary flexibility to implement an integrated planning process.
The integrated planning approach is not about lowering existing regulatory or permitting standards or delaying necessary improvements. Rather, it is intended to be an option provided to help municipalities meet their CWA obligations by optimizing the benefits of their infrastructure improvement investments through the appropriate sequencing of work.
The MRBPLG has created several documents which may help communities contact State and Federal legislators regarding water quality related legislation. For more information on these materials, the Ohio Affordability Legislation, or the Water Trust Fund Resolution, please click here.
REPORT ON GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY
The International Joint commission recently released its 15th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality. The Commission provided 32 recommendations for action at the federal, state, provincial and local levels of government. In particular, the recommendations focus on the need for the U.S. and Canada to approve a revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement that addresses threats to water quality to prevent or reduce their impact on human and ecological health.
The Executive Summary and Recommendations document can be viewed here. There are several recommendations on better implementation of the existing agreement and recommendations for revisions to the agreement. The recommendations in the near shore framework and eutrophication sections are particularly pertinent to the harmful algal bloom in the Western Basin. The full report may be accessed at http://ijc.org/en/home/main_accueil.htm: