LIMA — The Ottawa River Coalition kicked off its 25th year Saturday night with its annual meeting at The City Club in Lima.
The Coalition is a non-profit collaboration of agencies, businesses and organizations all working together to understand and protect water quality in the Ottawa River Watershed. Their common connection is a shared interest in the health and well-being of our community and the life-giving natural resource that runs through it — the Ottawa River.
“We’re still relevant and we still have a lot of work to do,” said Ottawa River Coalition Coordinator Beth Seibert. “Our greatest accomplishment, to date, is a raising of community awareness. Over these 25 years, we’ve let each other know, as members, what is important and what’s going on in the watershed, and we all have a greater perspective of water quality issues.”
Part of the evening included the showcasing of the Watershed Visualization Project which can be found on the coalition’s website http://bit.ly/2AYlaFh.
“It was the brain-child of my officers because after 25 years, I know all of the facets and programs and components of this 372-square-mile watershed, but they don’t. They wanted to be educated and wanted to be informed,” she said. “We built into it a map component. We’ve got a considerable number of points of interest on that and you can click onto those and pictures come up. We hope that as time goes on this year we’re going to build stories and explanations and other information into it and we think it’s a great way for the community to view all of the different facets of our watershed.”
The organization also honored Anne Decker Marketing as their 2018 Member Organization of the Year. She overhauled and updated the organization’s website and produced video projects and public service announcements.
Patrick Beam was honored as the coalition’s 2018 Watershed Partner of the Year. The landscape architect has had the opportunity to design intricate landscapes and green spaces along the Ottawa River Watershed.
The group also elected officers for 2018. John Hoffman was elected Chairman. Cory Gonya was elected Vice Chair and Mike Elwood was elected Treasurer.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.