PCS, Maumee RAP, and its partners have determined that the status of Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI) in the Maumee AOC should be re-evaluated and the Stage 2 Plan should be updated given an extensive amount of new analytic data collected. To streamline the process of determining BUI status for the AOC, Ohio EPA Maumee RAP Coordinator, Cherie Blair, worked with PCS and a US EPA funded contractor to create a Data Management and Delisting System (DMDS). The goal is to develop a comprehensive, interactive, mapping, searchable web-based DMDS that will serve as a one-stop-shop watershed planning resource for all the Maumee AOC watersheds.
After many months of hard work, the Maumee RAP Coordinator, Cherie Blair, PCS and Davey Resource Group have a beta version of the DMDS Website ready for review at a User Workshop. By joining us on Thursday, June 19, 2014 you will have an opportunity to learn how to use the Data Management and Delisting System and review the site on your own. Each participant will have access to a computer station and be able to work on the system live as we guide you through instructions and examples. You can now also register yourself as a registered user if you plan to input data into the system.
The training session will be held at the University of Toledo’s Snyder Memorial room 2170 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Free parking is available in lot 10 next to the tennis courts. Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the first to use the DMDS and have meaningful input. Seats are limited, so register early! Prior to June 13th, all workshop attendees should visit dmds.maumeerap.org and sign up as a registered user (under the login menu). By becoming a registered user you will be able to actually enter and edit projects live in the system during the workshop. More detailed information will follow regarding what you should bring to the Workshop. Register before June 13th by calling Cherie Blair, Ohio EPA Maumee RAP Coordinator, at 419.373.3010.
The Maumee Area of Concern Committee and its many community partners invested more than 18 months in developing the Maumee Area of Concern Stage 2 Watershed Restoration Plan (Stage 2 Plan) in 2004 and 2005. Although this plan has been useful in identifying projects, there is extensive new analytical data from Ohio EPA Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) assessments and US EPA Great Lakes Legacy Act (GLLA) projects, as well as information from the dozens of projects that have been planned, implemented or are in progress primarily due to the success of local partners in obtaining Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding. These efforts have led to an increase in momentum as we get closer to the removal of Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs), and ultimately, the delisting of the Maumee Area of Concern (AOC).
In light of this large amount of new analytical data and projects, the Maumee RAP and its partners have determined that the status of the BUIs in the Maumee AOC should be re-evaluated and the Stage 2 Plan should be updated. It would be an incredibly time consuming task to cross reference the new analytical data with all the sites/watersheds of the Maumee AOC; therefore Ohio EPA’s Maumee RAP Coordinator worked with a US EPA funded contractor to create a Data Management and Delisting System (DMDS). The first phase of this system was created in an MS Access database and the 276 projects identified in the Stage 2 Plan were imported.
The purpose of this project is to develop an information management system that:
The goal is to develop a comprehensive, interactive, mapping, searchable web-based DMDS that will meet its intended goal of a one-stop-shop watershed planning resource for all the Maumee AOC watersheds. To learn more about the project, check out the full RFP. More details coming soon!