Toledo Assembly Complex

Toldeo, Ohio, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Navarre Schools Maumee River Globe Project
Awareness & Community Engagement
About the Program
The FCA Toledo Assembly Complex is located in Toledo, Ohio, which sits at the mouth of the Maumee river and its water supply comes from Lake Erie. Every spring and summer there is a threat of algae blooms contaminating the area around the inlet. The primary source of the algae bloom is runoff of phosphates from agricultural activities. The goal of this project is to increase the overall awareness of waterways and their effect on aquatic habitats while also instilling the knowledge that species within an environment can help researchers determine the health of an ecosystem.  Together with several partners (Toledo Public Schools, University of Toledo, Mays Chemical and TAC Total Waste Managers), the FCA Toledo Assembly Complex team brings the Navarre School Maumee River Globe Project to sixth and seventh grade students in Toledo. These students are engaged in the monitoring of streams for water quality. Students survey sites along the Maumee River for benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs), which are indicator species that are used to determine the health of a river. Students learn about area water quality trends and compare data with a partner site in Argentina.

Practices and Impacts
  • The team leads students in field activities where students learn to conduct water quality testing. Testing includes pH, total suspended solids, total dissolved solids and clarity.
  • Students learn how to conduct BMI sampling and identification. The team teaches the students how to use these indicator species to determine the health of the Maumee River.
  • Students evaluate data and create posters using the scientific method. Students then share their results with local organizations and a sister organization in Argentina.
  • The team uses informal evaluation to determine student learning and future implementation.