In 2006 the Presidents Commission on the River submitted its initial report entitled “A River That Runs Through It”, which outlined concept plans and recommendations to direct work along the Ottawa River on the main campus of the University of Toledo which would focus on Beautification, Environmental Improvements, Research, Community Engagement, Public Access, Student Involvement, and Education efforts and initiatives.

Over the last decade the Commission has made major progress in all of these areas –and 2016 was no different. Significant achievements this year involving the river of which the Commission was engaged with includes the replacement of the David Root Bridge, organizing the annual Celebrate Our River week, participating and taking a lead role with the community event Clean Your Streams, participation with the UT Master Plans process, and the dedication of a new river path next to the Law School (with support from the UT Student Green Fund). All of these projects and activities align closely with the aforementioned proprieties of the Commission as identified ten years ago.

As we look forward to 2017 and beyond, the time has arrived for the Commission to revisit its mission and priorities, reflect on progress made to date, and consider updates to recommendations, planning goals, projects and activities still necessary to envision the broad vision set forth in 2006 and consider new issues and approaches for our work, During the coming year, informed by the University community and the UT Master Plans, the Commission will develop a new charge and direction for our work with the continued aim to improve the 3,700 feet of Ottawa River on our campus.


Dr Patrick L. Lawrence Chair,

UT President’s Commission on the River

December 2016

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President's Commission on the River


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