219 S. Front St.
PO Box 590
Fremont, OH 43420
Our mission is to provide leadership for the conservation and enhancement of the Sandusky River watershed and its natural resources through community-based planning and education.
Dr. Dave Baker (former Director of Heidelberg College Water Quality Laboratory) started the group in 1997 as a way to increase community activity to protect and improve the river through watershed protection. We started with a 319 mini-grant pilot project for developing a community based watershed management plan. One of the participating agencies, WSOS Community Action Commission offered to write a grant to hire a coordinator for the group. A $122,066 grant was awarded for a 1/2 time coordinator for 2 years from the Lake Erie Protection Fund to develop and implement a watershed management plan. A Watershed Coordinator grant was awarded by ODNR to fund a full time watershed coordinator over 6 years.
The group now has about 400 participants. We currently have three committees: Land Use & Resource Management; Education & Development; and Water Supply & Wastewater. We have held grants to provide education and to implement Best Management Practices that provide economic and environmental benefits for our watershed.
Sandusky River Watershed Coalition has two state-endorsed watershed action plans for the Honey Creek watershed and the Sandusky River - Tiffin watershed.