November Big Picture
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FEATURE
2011 General Assembly

Public Meeting: Wolf Creek/Berger Ditch

William L. Knight: 1939-2010

TRANSPORTATION

Traffic Counting

Public Input: 2035 Plan Meetings

The TIP

Transportation Enhancement Applications

Energy Corridor Proposed

ENVIRONMENT

Guest Column:
Ottawa River Habitat Restoration

2010 Student Watershed Watch Summit

Maumee Area of Concern

208 Plan Certified by Ohio

Lake Erie Algae

MEMBER NEWS
Member Highlight: Village of Ottawa Hills

EVENTLINE
November 2010
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FEATURE_____________________________

Save the Date: Annual TMACOG General Assembly
TMACOG members are asked to make plans now to attend the annual TMACOG General Assembly Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 1:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. Workshops and the keynote presentation will address the theme “Economic Development Strategies: Plan it, Build it, and Sustain it.” The assembly is the annual business meeting for TMACOG and includes election of leadership, election of council and committee members, and caucus sessions.

Online registration will begin in December. For more information contact Greg Gettum at 419.241.9155 ext. 132.


Public Meeting - Wolf Creek Restoration Plan
Wolf Creek/Berger Ditch Restoration Plan
Thursday, November 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge

The public is invited to review the draft plans for wetland design, stream restoration, and erosion control at the ditches and rivers entering the Maumee Bay State Park area. The plan is being designed to capture and treat bacteria that contaminate Lake Erie beaches at the park. For more information contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

William L. Knight: 1939-2010
William Knight, former Director of Transportation Planning and Executive Director of TMACOG passed away September 30, 2010 in Toledo.

Bill Knight had a long and influential career in transportation in the Toledo region. The Wabash Cannonball Trail, the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, and programs to ensure public involvement in transportation planning are among his many accomplishments.

Diane Reamer-Evans, TMACOG transportation project manager, worked with Bill Knight for many years. She says, “One of the best things about Bill Knight was that he was open to new ideas...more


TRANSPORTATION______________________

Productive Traffic Count Season
TMACOG staff and seasonal interns have collected and posted traffic counts from the 2010 spring and summer traffic counting season. Counts are made in a regular pattern around the region, attempting to keep information as current as possible. Staff also responds to requests from communities needing counts at specific locations....more

Public Meetings: Long Range Transportation Plan
Is our region’s plan still good? TMACOG maintains a long range transportation plan for Lucas and Wood counties and the three townships of southern Monroe County. The current plan is “On the Move: 2007-2035 Transportation Plan.” The 2035 Plan is up for a complete review this year to check that the list of priorities still reflects community needs, and to see if any new opportunities should be added to the plan...more

2012-2015 TIP is in Development
TMACOG’s short range transportation plan is the Trans-portation Improvement Program (the TIP). It is a 4-year schedule of roadway, bikeway, and other surface transportation projects that have been approved for
funding and are under development...more

Transportation Enhancement Applications Now Being Accepted
Project applications are now being accepted from eligible jurisdictions in Lucas and Wood counties for Trans-
portation Enhancement projects including bikeway, scenic/environmental, and historic transportation enhancements. Project applications are due to TMACOG
no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

A Microsoft Word version of the application package is available here. An Adobe pdf version of the application package is available here. If you have any questions regarding potential projects, eligibility, or if you need assistance in completing the application, contact Diane Reamer-Evans at evans@tmacog.org or at 419.241.9155
ext. 117.

Regional Partners Support Study of I-75 “Energy Corridor”
Widening of I-75 between Perrysburg and Findlay is high on the list of priority projects in TMACOG’s 2035 Plan. Recently, TMACOG partners including the Wood County Economic Development Commission, the Wood County Port Authority, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority each approved $50,000 ($150,000 total) to match ODOT funding for a study to determine how alternative energy improvements can be integrated into the project. If strategies from the study are included in the project construction, the intent is to designate the Perrysburg to Findlay highway segment as an “energy corridor.” A successful design could be a template for future highway improvements in the state.

ENVIRONMENT________________________

Ottawa River Stream and Habitat Restoration Project Awarded Federal Funding
Kristina Patterson, Executive Director, Partners For Clean Streams, Inc.

Partners for Clean Streams (PCS), the non-profit arm of the Maumee RAP, is embarking on an exciting restoration project at Camp Miakonda. PCS will restore at least 10 acres of wetland, 30 acres of associated upland habitat and 1,200 linear feet of eroded streambank along the Ottawa River, at the 157-acre Boy Scout Camp in the Oak Openings Region of the Maumee Area of Concern (AOC), directly improving Lake Erie’s Western Basin...more


Student Watershed Watch - Student Summit
The 21st annual Student Watershed Watch - Student Summit will be held Tuesday, November 16, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Nitschke Hall at the University of Toledo. Up to 300 students are expected to participate. ...more

New Boundary for Maumee “Area of Concern”
To organize the work of environmental professionals and to focus clean up efforts where they are needed most, regions of degraded water quality around the Great Lakes are defined as Areas of Concern (AOC). The U.S.- Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement describes AOCs as “geographic areas that fail to meet the general or specific objectives of the agreement where such failure has caused or is likely to cause impairment of beneficial use of the area's ability to support aquatic life...more

208 Plan Certified by Ohio
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has officially certified the state’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan as adopted by TMACOG in 2008. Certification is important because the Director of the Ohio EPA cannot approve any permits that conflict with the plan.The Areawide Water Quality Management Plan is called the 208 Plan from that part of the Clean Water Act. The 208 Plan is our agreement on how communities in our area will handle questions of sewers, sewerage, and septic systems. It is modified frequently to adapt as communities grow or as they plan for development.

Lake Erie Algae Topic of Meeting
The September meeting of TMACOG’s Environmental Council included a special program on Lake Erie and the rise in troublesome algae in the lake. Dr. Tom Bridgeman from the University of Toledo presented data about changes in algae growth over the last several decades...more

MEMBER NEWS ________________________

Member Highlight
Village of Ottawa Hills

The Village of Ottawa Hills is an almost entirely residential community on the west side of Toledo, adjacent to Sylvania Township. The village was established in 1915 when John North Willys, president of the Overland Company, acquired approximately 1,200 acres and began to design the village ...more


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Maumee Bay State Park Lodge

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Student Watershed Watch – Student Summit
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2011 General Assembly
Wednesday,
January 26, 2011
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg