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What is the Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie Campaign?

Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie is a campaign to increase awareness about choices we make and the impact they have on our streams and lakes. Citizens can take many action to protect water quality such as using phosphorus-free fertilizer, landscaping with native plants, managing yard and pet wastes, and properly maintaining septic systems. By educating individuals on these important actions and giving them the tools they need to make these essential lifestyle changes, we will empower them to do their part for water quality.


How and when did this campaign start in northwest Ohio?

Stormwater Coalition Leadership

Members of TMACOG's Stormwater Coaltion are charged with educating the public on ways that each citizen can help to protect water quality. In 2017 the Stormwater Coalition, in collaboration with partners and sponsors, launched a local affiliate of the national Clear Choices Clean Water education program under the title of Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie.  

The unique strategy offered by the Clear Choices Clean Water Program increases awareness and knowledge about the daily choices each citizen makes and their impacts on water quality in our watersheds. 


Who sponsors and pays for the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign?

Clear Choices, Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie is funded by the members of the Stormwater Coalition and Clear Choices Founding Sponsors. We are currently seeking additional support from local businesses, government agencies, and civic groups to ensure that we can provide educational activities and outreach materials. Visit our sponsors page to see who is supporting the program and how you can join us


How can I become a sponsor of Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie?

Check out our sponsors page for additional information, and then please contact us!  Your involvement will allow us to add more features to the site, expand the campaign topics/pledges, and create other collateral campaign materials (such as signs, leaflets, postcards, billboard artwork, door hangers, radio ads, etc.) for use in northwest Ohio.


Is Clear Choices Clean Water available outside of the greater Toledo Area?

Yes! This award-winning program is available to any community. Local governments and other organizations in northwest Ohio interested joining the Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie campaign should contact Kari Gerwin.

If you are interested in launching a program outside of northwest Ohio, see the affilliate brochure to learn about becoming an affiliate of Clear Choices Clean Water.

To learn more about the program, read this Clear Choices Clean Water e-brochure.


How many choices will Clear Choices Clean Water include?

Our vision is that Clear Choices Clean Water is a holistic campaign promoting simple, yet important actions that residents, businesses, and others can take to improve our water quality and preserve our water resources. As new water quality issues arise and change, and as our resources allow, we will continue to update and expand the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign. If you have an idea for a pledge, contact us. We’d love to hear from you!


What do people get for taking Clear Choices Clean Water pledges?

People get to feel good for making a difference! And after taking a Clear Choices Clean Water pledge, they receive feedback about how much pollution they have prevented from entering our streams and lakes. They get to see their location on an interactive map – providing further confirmation that they are doing their part! They also get an easy, low-pressure way to encourage their friends, family, and neighbors to do their part by way of email invitations or Facebook and Twitter feeds.

As we continue to grow our partnerships with local organizations and businesses, we may offer special incentives for taking pledges. 


Who can I talk to for more information on Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie?

For more information on Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie contact:

Kari Gerwin - gerwin@tmacog.org 


 

Be a part of Clear Choices

Local governments and other organizations in northwest Ohio interested joining the Clear Choices Clean Water - Greater Toledo Lake Erie campaign should contact Kari Gerwin.

If you are interested in launching a program outside of northwest Ohio, see the affilliate brochure to learn about becoming an Affiliate of Clear Choices Clean Water.

To learn more about the program, read this Clear Choices Clean Water e-brochure.