Table of
Contents
FEATURES
2009 Ohio Conference on Freight
New Wolf Creek
Committee
Formalized
Update on Federal Stimulus Funds for Transportation
Clean Ohio Fund Reminder
ENVIRONMENT
NRAC Nominations
Sought
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Funding Secure for 208 Plan Administration
Home Sewage System Repair in Local Counties
Portage Watershed Teachers Trained in Data Collection
Ottawa Hills Floodplain Improvements
TRANSPORTATION
New Traffic Flow Map Online
Freight Committee Tours Port Authority
Midwest Passenger Rail Update
CSX and North Baltimore
NEWSFILES
Members Highlight:
Washington Local Schools
Community Colleges in the News

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Timely Agenda for 2009 Ohio Conference
on Freight

The third annual Ohio Conference on Freight in Toledo
September 22 and 23 will examine how the freight
transportation and logistics industry can grow in the state
even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, and look at how Ohio contributes to the industry in North America. A lot has changed since last year’s conference.
... more


Wolf Creek Committee to be Formalized
For several years, TMACOG and many partners have been
working on studies and projects addressing water quality
at the Lake Erie beaches of Maumee Bay State Park. Most
recently, the Maumee Bay Bacteria Task Force did important research on the source of bacterial contamination at the
beaches. ...more


Update on Transportation Projects and Federal Stimulus Funds
Some states receiving federal stimulus funds for transportation plans decided to spend the money on a few large highway projects...more


Informational Meeting for Clean Ohio Grants to be Held September 11
Non-profit agencies in Lucas County that are interested in applying for Clean Ohio Grant funds to preserve open space in the county are invited to attend an informational meeting September 11 at TMACOG offices, 300 Martin Luther King, Dr., in the Amtrak building. This round of grants will return $1.35 million to Lucas County. Applications are due November 20. NRAC will meet to review applications December 14.

Applications forms and Clean Ohio program information can be found on the Web at www.tmacog.org/Environment/NRAC/nrac_body.htm or http://www.clean.ohio.gov/GreenSpaceConservation/
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. For directions to TMACOG, see the TMACOG website: www.tmacog.org/tmacogMAP.htm.

 

ENVIRONMENT____________________

Nominations Sought for Natural Resources
Assistance Council in Lucas County

The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) is an
11-member committee that evaluates applications for and
allocates grants from the Clean Ohio Fund in Lucas County.
The council is seeking nominations to fill four vacancies and
serve a three-year term ...more


Federal Funds Offered for Great Lakes Projects
Through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the
federal administration has proposed up to $ 475 million for projects in the Great Lakes...more

Ohio's Water Agencies Funded in State Budget
Ohio has six Areawide Water Quality Management planning agencies that manage sewer and sewerage plans around six large metropolitan areas. These regional plans (called the 208 Plan after that section of the Clean Water Act) are constantly updated and amended as communities grow and create infrastructure to invite industry...more

Federal Stimulus Funds Available for Septic
System Repair
The Ohio EPA has announced that up to $5 million in
American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds will
go to 61 Ohio counties, cities, and villages for repair or replacement of failed home sewage treatment systems
...more

Portage Watershed Teachers Gain Water
Testing Skills
Teachers from throughout the Portage River watershed were trained in water quality testing at a full-day session held August 10...more

Ottawa Hills Floodplain Plantings
Completing a project that began with removal of a dam in 2007, TMACOG and partners recently completed remediation of a floodplain area near Secor Road in Ottawa Hills...more

 

TRANSPORTATION___________________

Updated Traffic Flow Map Now Available

A multi-page map showing traffic counts and volume has recently been updated and is available online. The new traffic flow map has counts up to date through June, 2009 and includes many state and local routes. It covers Lucas and Wood County and southern Monroe County townships....more

TMACOG Freight Committee Tours Port Facilities
There are important changes underway at the Toledo seaport and nearby areas. TMACOG’s freight committee and other interested people recently took an escorted tour of the area and learned about current operations and some upcoming innovations. Joe Cappel, senior manager seaport business development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, narrated the trip...more

Coalition for Passenger Rail in Ohio and the Midwest
The governors of Ohio and seven other states have agreed to form a Midwest Rail Steering Group to coordinate efforts to secure a share of $8 billion in federal stimulus funds made available for passenger rail under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)...more

CSX and North Baltimore Celebrate
At a formal groundbreaking August 14, Governor Ted Strickland, Wood County Commissioners, elected officials and guests from Henry Township and the Village of North Baltimore all gathered to celebrate the start of a new intermodal facility...more


NEWS FILES
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Member Highlight:
Washington Local School District
Washington Local Schools recently joined a dozen other local school systems in northwest Ohio and became a governmental member of TMACOG. Superintendent Patrick Hickey said,"The Washington Local School District prides itself on offering students individual attention and infinite opportunities....more

Member News - Community Colleges
Monroe County Community College (MCCC) has been awarded more than $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, which will be paid out over five years, will support future fundraising efforts by allowing the college to hire staff to administer annual giving programs that in turn will support scholarship programs.

At Terra Community College in Fremont, two members of the faculty are now certified in green energy technology. The two instructors have completed training and passed the exam for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. “The LEED AP certification helps establish the credibility of the architectural/construction degree at Terra,” said Bruce Meyer, dean of the Technologies and Workforce Development Division.

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