Save Maumee Plans 9-Day Canoeing Trip Up Maumee River

By Rachel Martin

April 7, 2014 Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive/NBC33) – Ever thought about taking a trip down the Maumee River in a canoe? That’s what members of Save Maumee Grassroots Organization are planning to do next week.

Members of Save Maumee held an informational meeting about the journey Monday night.

The members say they plan to span the 141 miles of the Maumee River in two states over nine days.

They’ll launch at Junk Ditch in Fort Wayne, also known as The Continental Divide, and adjourn at Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio.

Although they'll do many things on their trip upstream, Save Maumee Founder Abigail King says here's one main purpose for the trip.

“The purpose is always to raise awareness about the conditions of the water and work to improve those. The Citizens Action Coalition is going to provide water tests along the way, and we're trying to show everyone down stream that we hope to improve it, and together we can,” said King.

Other than bringing a new found appreciation for Fort Wayne’s rivers, King says other goals include scaling and updating the river’s map, clean and chemical test the waters, and fight to overturn the Army Corps. Of Engineer’s ruling on indiscriminate vegetation removal along the levees.

"We have 10.5 miles of levees in Fort Wayne, and we don't want anymore vegetation removed. We're already 303-D list of impaired waterways, and we have an ecologically sensitive area, we don't want any vegetation removed for inspection purposes,” said King.

The trip begins April 18, will cover Earth Day on April 22, and will end on the 26. King says the trip is free for anyone who wants to join.

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