Ottawa River is safe for first time in 25 years

The Ottawa River had a no-contact ban removed for the first time in more than 25 years (WNWO).

The Ottawa River is now safe.

It's something that Point Place residents haven't heard in more than 25 years, and they should see property values on the rise.

On Monday, a no-contact advisory for the lower 8.8 miles of the Ottawa River was officially removed.

Toledo, alone, has spent around $97 million in keeping sewage and other pollution out of the Ottawa River, and they say those efforts have been paying off.

"We're not done, but we're making steps in the right direction. We're making progress and we're always going to pause and celebrate it when things go well," said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.

The presentation off the body of water featured area experts and leaders, including University of Toledo geography professor Patrick Lawrence.

He believes Point Place residents will now help lead the effort of keeping Ottawa River clean.

"It's important because if they experience it and enjoy it, they're going to value it. If they're going to value it, they're going to understand the need to protect it and keep it clean and the investments that we're putting in to try to make the river so it's swimmable, fishable, drinkable and accessible for all of our citizens in Toledo and Northwest Ohio."

Bob Pulhuj has experienced the water first hand. As part of the Northwest Ohio River Runners, he has kayaked the water every Tuesday night for eight years.

"You see the difference in the wild life, the improvement and everything. There's no smells when you go way up there about 4 or 5 miles from here."

Pulhuj is excited for the future that lies ahead on the Ottawa River.

"It's finally great to see that we stopped using our Toledo as a dumping ground. That's all it ever used to be. Now, being able to go swimming, kayaking, motor boating."

Despite the no-contact advisory being lifted, it is still not recommended to eat more than one meal of fish from the water a month.

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