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Toledo Regional Branding Presentation
Ohio Conference on Freight Report
Water Infrastructure Financing Act
Student Watershed Watch
Portage River Sampling Station Complete
Great Lakes Initiative Grants Announced
Public Meeting - Wolf Creek
Dam Remediation - Before and After
TMACOG fully utilized ARRA Funds
Applications for Transportation Enhancements
Tools for Following Traffic Changes
Gas Cap Testing and Replacement
Member Highlight:
Village of Woodville

October 2010
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Invitation to Attend Toledo Regional Branding Presentation
TMACOG members and interested guests are invited to attend a presentation on the Toledo Regional Branding project Wednesday, October 20, at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. ....more

2010 Ohio Conference on Freight Delivered the Goods
About 190 people from 14 states and two Canadian provinces attended the 2010 Conference on Freight in Toledo. They heard some inspiring presentations from innovators, and got some sobering news about federal programs. ...more

Support Urged for Water Infrastructure Financing Act

Legislation is working its way through the U.S. Congress that would help communities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan finance the cost of separating storm and sanitary sewer systems. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed one version and now Senate Bill 1005 (Water Infrastructure Financing Act) is up for debate...more

Student Watershed Watch Testing Date
If history is any judge, sock puppets and cinema verite will tell the story of water quality in the Maumee River watershed this fall as hundreds of area students share their findings in the Student Watershed Watch (SWW)...more

Portage River Sampling Station Complete
The newest water quality testing worker on the Portage River works all day and all night without complaint and in all kinds of weather. ...more

TMACOG Partners Benefit from Federal
Grants to Aid Great Lakes
On September 7, U.S. EPA Director Lisa Jackson was in Toledo to announce the award of several competitive grants through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. TMACOG members or partners who are recipients of grants are the City of Toledo, Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC), the University of Toledo, and WSOS Community Action Commission...more

Public Meeting – Wolf Creek Restoration Plan
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.

Wolf Creek / Berger Ditch Restoration Plan
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge
November 4, 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The plan is a draft presented for public input with questions about funding, easements or land acquisition, and details about implementation. The plan recommends wetland and stream corridor restoration projects that include several elements:

  • Lower Berger Ditch stream restoration and erosion control
  • Maumee Bay State Park terraced wetland system
  • Oregon Wolf Creek Riparian Corridor — upstream area including the sedimentation ponds
  • Oregon Wolf Creek Riparian Corridor — downstream area with expanded floodplains

For more information contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Before and After: Dam Remediation
A year after a restoration project was completed on the Ottawa River, the site where a dam once stood is safer, is more welcoming to people and fish, and flood-tolerant plants are becoming established...more

Federal Stimulus Funds Fully Allocated
When federal stimulus funds in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) were allocated to the TMACOG region over the last fiscal year, all planning which had been based on earlier financial outlooks had to be re-visited. Projects in the pipeline for future years could be moved up if all the necessary steps could be completed in the short window that funds were available...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 need assistance in completing the application, contact Diane Reamer-Evans at or at 419.241.9155 ext 117.

Tools for Traffic Watching
In addition to the maps on the TMACOG website, people who are looking for information about road conditions in Ohio can also go to This site, operated by ODOT, is updated as often as every two hours during winter weather events. It also shows road repairs, detours, and slowdowns. Information on the site comes from a variety of sources: pavement sensors, monitoring stations, and traffic cameras, as well as direct input from ODOT personnel and county road crews.

2010 Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program
More than 11 percent of cars and trucks driving around in northwest Ohio are leaking gas into the atmosphere through leaky - or missing - gas caps. TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services teamed up in the summer of 2010 for the tenth consecutive year of gas cap testing in northwest Ohio...more

MEMBER NEWS ________________________

Member Highlight
Village of Woodville
The Village of Woodville is located on the Portage River in Sandusky County. It is home to approximately 2,000 people. Like most communities in northwest Ohio, Woodville grew up around railroad tracks and the first roads paved through the Great Black Swamp. That main street - once called Old Mud Pike - is now U.S. 20. An estimated 12,000 vehicles per day travel through Woodville, with 30 percent being truck traffic. Woodville is also the point at which U.S. 20 crosses the Portage River...more

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