The Toledo Water Project is a novel city vitalization plan spearheaded by a group of community members and researchers since 2014 that aims to vitalize and invigorate the city of Toledo using her authentic historical, environmental, and logistical features. In 2018, under Midstory Media Thinkhub, the project takes on a soft power through new media to impact the city through engaging and impacting multiple levels of people from the ground up and from the top down.
Using a native wildflower that has been an iconic signature here in the US as early as the 1800s—an important food item and touristic attraction to early settlers—this project envisions the potentials of water remediation through lotus aquaculture that sets the scene for a new Toledo experiencing transformative civic, social, and economic opportunities in a changing postindustrial era.
The answers to many of our region’s challenges already are within reach. Toledo’s water quality issues are directly attributed to the loss of nearly 99% of our historic wetlands. Yet Midstory’s mission goes beyond ecological remediation to consider the cultural and socioeconomic climate that impacts our everyday reality.