Commission on the River

Archived Posts 2014

Celebrate Our River Week to recognize restoration project, art

By Aimee Portala (courtesy of UT News, September 16th, 2014)

After installing in-stream habitat structures in August 2013, this summer volunteers planted an additional 300 native plants along the riverbanks to bring the project total plantings to more than 1,500. Six new information signs have been installed along the banks to describe various natural aspects of the river and to showcase details of the restoration work.

The project was funded by grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the plants and additional support provided by Partners for Clean Streams Inc. via funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Dr. Cyndee Gruden, UT associate professor of civil engineering, and her graduate students are constructing demonstration projects for storm-water treatment at two parking lot sites adjacent to the river on Main Campus. This work is funded by grants from the Ohio EPA.

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Aerial View of Ottawa River

Here's a great aerial shot of the Ottawa River on UT main campus taken from a helicopter by university photographer Dan Miller during the Missouri football game on September 6, 2014.

Aerial View of Ottawa River


Winners of the 2014 UT Student River Photo Contest

Photo contest winners

1st Place: Blue Bridge

2nd Place: Blue Bridge by Aaron Svobda

3rd Place: Magic Moment by Francis Bradford

celebrate our river (artwork)

2014 Celebrate Our River Week (September 17th–20th)

  • Wednesday, September 17th to Friday, September 19th
    Video and poster displays in Carlson Library
  • Wednesday, September 17th Noon
    Dedication of new sculpture at Bowman Otty (with UT Campus Beautification Committee)
  • Thursday, September 18th Noon
    Walking tour of the river restoration project, meet at Law School parking lot
  • Friday, September 19th Noon
    Announcement of the 3rd Annual Student River Photography Contest awards (Student River Plaza).  Entries are due on Monday, September 15th. For more information or to submit an entry contact: 
  • Saturday September 20th 8:00am-Noon
    2014 Clean Your Streams Event
    UT Main campus, meet at Law School Patio by 8:30am
    UT Health Science campus, meet at Collier 1000 by 8:30am
    All groups are required to pre-register by September 10th at

Land and Water Magazine Article: Habitat Restoration of the Ottawa River at the University of Toledo, Ohio

Dr Patrick Lawrence authored an article about the Ottawa River in Land and Water Magazine, which details many of our commission's restoration efforts.

download the article about the Ottawa River in Land and Water Magazine



Clean Your Streams Informational Poster

Please download, read, and help distribute the informational poster for the upcoming 2014 Clean Your Streams event, which will take place on September 20th.

download the 2014 Clean Your Streams poster



Commission's 2013 Annual Report Published

Please download and read the 2013 Annual Report, which covers all our major projects and activity in 2013.

download the 2013 Annual Report


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Last Updated: 6/27/22