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Fort Wayne riparian division staff
remove new hazards from the rivers before
the start of the recreational season.
River safety is paramount, especially
with recent increases in boat
traffic, as park patrons are returning
to the rivers and riverfront development
increases. The riparian
crew deploys safety buoys at both
dams in the city and around any obstructions
that could endanger boat
users. The crew patrols the rivers
to remove new hazards or log jams
before the start of the recreational
season and deploys buoys at each
dam and hazard in the downtown
area, along with the city docks.
The crew has removed more
than 18,720 pounds of trash out of
the rivers so far.
Public Outreach
and Education
The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
riparian crew has made
numerous presentations to local
organizations and school groups
about water quality and volunteerism,
reaching more than 3,739 people.
They share the work they do
to make the rivers better, and how
citizens can contribute to the effort
in their day-to-day activities and by
stepping up to volunteer with the riparian
crew to clear invasive species
from the riparian zones. The gratified
faces of the volunteers when
they step back and view the impact
that even a few people can have on
our environment
is
magnificent.
While the crew has worked with
large corporations to clear large sections
of honeysuckle, the majority
of the work done has been finished
with just a few passionate citizens.
Fort Wayne's Bloomingdale Park
is a perfect example of the staff's
combined efforts with local volunteers,
as the removal of 15 tons of
honeysuckle restored and renovated
the park into something Fort Wayne
community members are extremely
proud of now.
It began with a passionate few
and a boat to make a huge change
in the city's rivers, but passion is
contagious. The riverfront is now
at the forefront of everyone's vision
here in Fort Wayne. Educating the
public, improving water
quality,
improving river safety and restoring
the riparian zones are just the start
of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
riparian division, but once
you're part of the crew, you are a
member for life, and Fort Wayne is
flowing into the future.
Volunteers help Fort Wayne staff renovate
the riverfront to create a space the
community is proud of.
It began with a passionate few
and a boat to make a huge
change in the city's rivers,
but passion is contagious.
The riverfront is now at the
forefront of everyone's vision
here in Fort Wayne.
KayeC Jones is Riparian Management Supervisor
for Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation (kayec.jones@
cityoffortwayne.org).
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