RiverFest 24 ~ Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for June 29, 2024: RiverFest returns in partnership with the Fort to Port Histories encampment. RiverFest is held annually at Pontiac Park in Defiance to celebrate our water resources, & enjoy recreational opportunities provided by our rivers and streams. A FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY EVENT...

RiverFest 23

RiverFest ’23, held on June24, 2023 presented a variety activities for all ages from hiking & nature to science & history. See the 2023 RiverFest Photo Gallery. RiverFest 2023 was presented by these community partners: Sign-up to get the latest information on our next event: Join the...

Clean Up Your Parks Day

Every Spring the City of Defiance invites clubs, organizations, and citizens to pitch-in and get our parks ready for the season. Leaf and litter clean-up beautifies the parks and keeps pollution from our waterways. This is a great way to support our beautiful parks....

Smart Watershed Pilot

With funding from the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), the City of Defiance Water Treatment Plant(WTP) has installed water quality sensors to measure nutrients and other key parameters before pumping river water into the reservoir. Water Quality Data available in real time WTP sends this data to...

Tree City USA

The Defiance Shade Tree Commission received a Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation again in 2022 by going above and beyond the minimum requirements for the Tree City USA Award. To celebrate 30 years of success as Tree City USA, Defiance will host the regional awards...

RiverFest 21

Congratulations to David Proulx! David was the winner of the RiverFest 2021 Kayak Raffle Drawing  held August 14 Join our mailing list! Get the latest news, information, and announcements for RiverFest 2022 🙂 Confluence Clean-Up August 14 Confluence Clean-Up Presented by Rotary Club of Defiance, Meet at...

RiverFest 20

Thank you to everyone who participated by exploring the Northwest, Ohio watershed here in Defiance! After 175 entries from Facebook, Instagram, and emails we have a randomly chosen winner for the 2020 River Fest Kayak Contest!! Congratulations 🎉 to Mike Schafer — winner of a new KAYAK!...

River Summit III

Update Spring 2020: Please Stay Tuned… We’re working on revised plans. Updates, when available, will be posted here! The Maumee River Watershed is the largest in the Great Lakes Region. The communities here have the ability make a significant impact on the quality of the water in...

RiverFest 2019

Join us in celebrating our rivers.  Saturday July 20, 2019 from Noon to 8:00 pm @ Kingsbury Park. View/download RiverFest ’19 Flyer What a great way to cool off on a HOT day!...

RiverFest 18

Following the success of 2017’s River Gathering, this free community event was expanded as RiverFest ’18. Live music, food vendors, kayaking, pontoon rides, and kids activities were offered at three parks on the confluence to Celebrate Our Water Resources....

Conference Update

The 2017 Land to Lake Conference was held September 28, 2017.  The full day event, focused on Impact Through Knowledge, was well attended. About 75 people came together on September 28, 2017 for the Land to Lake Conference presented by the City of Defiance and Defiance Soil...

Backyard Beauty & Biodiversity

Include Native Plants in Your Landscaping & Create Habitat Connectivity With Martha Ferguson of Riverview Native Plant Nursery Lunch & Learn Wednesday, April 5th, 11:30 am To be held @ Kissner’s Restaurant (upstairs) in Defiance, OH with a $10 fee for lunch. Please RSVP by calling 419.783.4355...

Riverfront Gathering 2016

The first Riverfront Gathering was held on Friday, August 5th. Designed to be an event that puts focus on our local rivers, planners of the event from Defiance Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Defiance and DDVB planned an evening at Pontiac Park that was...

2015 Conference Recap

The Land to Lake 2015 Conference on June 11, was an informative gathering of local leaders, community educators and concerned residents.  The speakers provided dynamic presentations covering a variety of topics to help us better understand our role in decreasing pollution to our waterways and building a...

Summer ’14 Events

Family Float: As part of our effort to promote recreation on the Maumee River, we partnered with ODNR Division of Watercraft to sponsor a canoe trip in August 2014. We had 33 people participate in this adventure! We plan to make this an annual event. Stay tuned!...

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Recently Held Composting Programs

As we entered into our spring thaw, a composting program was held at each of the three Defiance County Libraries- Defiance, Sherwood, and Johnson Memorial in Hicksville. During the composting 101 class, Stephanie Singer, Upper Maumee Watershed Coordinator described the basics of composting along with the many...

Earth Day Events

Save Maumee Celebrates Earth Day in Defiance: Stormwater Walking Tour & Rain Garden Workshop! Save Maumee, a group based out of Ft. Wayne, IN stopped in Defiance during their 9 day canoe trip from Ft. Wayne to Lake Erie!  One of the goals of the trip is...

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