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New Format for General Assembly

Request for Information

Nominations Invited

Student Watershed Watch

Seasonal Stormwater Tips

Award for Maumee River Coordinator

Watershed Education

Location Based Response System

New Bike Facility at UT

Next Step:
Westside Corridor

Rail Forum News

WSOS and Ash Tree Help

Black Swamp Award

Member Highlight: Metroparks of the Toledo Area

December 2011

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Your Input Needed: Annual TMACOG General Assembly

This year we’re making some changes to the way that TMACOG conducts its annual General Assembly. For many years the assembly was a full day and evening event with a fee. We are reorganizing this year to make the General Assembly a more productive work meeting for our busy members, and eliminating the fee...more

Request for Help, Directory of Public Officials

The Directory of Public Officials is a resource produced annually by TMACOG and provided as a member benefit. This widely used directory is the most comprehensive and complete reference to elected officials, jurisdictions, social service agencies, and public institutions in 15 counties of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. It is completely updated by TMACOG staff every year. You can help with this undertaking by promptly returning the TMACOG request for information. Letters were mailed to non-governmental agencies and members in early November. If you received a letter and haven’t responded yet, please do so right away. Letters are going out to jurisdictions and elected officials in late December. Again, we ask you to respond as soon as you know the results of elections. We need your help to create the most accurate directory of our region’s resources. Thank you for helping TMACOG build communication and cooperation in our region.

TMACOG Nominations Invited
TMACOG has grown in influence and value to its members through strong, committed leaders. Each January, members select new committee assignments and elect TMACOG leadership at the General Assembly. Nominations for councils, committees, board of trustees, and leadership are now being accepted. Please respond no later than Monday, December 5, 2011.

Click here to review a complete list of committees and councils on which you may serve. Anyone may serve on a council or committee and TMACOG needs people with a variety of skills and interests.

TMACOG is also seeking nominations now for chair, vice, chair and second vice chair. Our bylaws state that these officers must be elected officials. After reviewing all applications and interviewing those who apply for chair positions, the Leadership Development Committee will recommend a slate of officers for approval at TMACOG’s 2012 General Assembly. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

Please indicate your willingness to actively participate in TMACOG by simply completing and returning the self-nomination form no later than Monday, December 5, 2011. The 2012 assembly is scheduled on Wednesday, January 25 in the Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in Toledo, Ohio. Additional information about the general assembly will be forwarded to you in the coming weeks.


Students Share Results of Water Quality Testing

The twenty-second annual Student Summit of the Student Watershed Watch was held November 15 at the University of Toledo. Nearly 300 students from a dozen schools met at Nitschke Hall to present their research, attend workshops, and hear from professionals working in environmental science. Each participating class prepared a presentation of their water quality testing and analysis. These results were presented from the stage at the auditorium and in table top, poster displays. A panel of judges evaluated the oral presentations and students judged the table top displays...more

Fall and Winter Stormwater Management
The Stormwater Coalition reminds you that the change in seasons means a change in stormwater strategies at the household level.

  • Keep leaves out of storm drains by collecting the leaves that fall in your yard. Don’t allow leaves to clog storm drains where they can cause flooding close to home and add unwanted nutrients to river and lake water. Dispose of leaves as compost or participate responsibly in residential leaf collection.

  • Fall and early winter is a good time to clean out roof gutters and possibly install gutter protection. Improperly maintained roof gutters can harbor bacteria (from decaying plant leaves and plant matter), which can be carried with the runoff. Gutter overflows from blockages can cause soil erosion below the overflow site causing excess sediment in the stormwater runoff.
If you collect rain in rain barrels, it’s time to disconnect and empty the barrels for the season. Disconnect the rain barrel from your downspout and install a downspout extension to redirect water away from your house.

TMACOG’s Horvat Recognized
Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) has honored TMACOG’s Matt Horvat and Blade writer Steve Pollick with their annual Clean Streams Partner Award. The two were selected for the award for their canoe trip this summer, traveling the length of the Maumee River from Fort Wayne, Indiana to the Port of Toledo over four long days. Mr. Horvat is the Maumee River Coordinator at TMACOG...more

Outdoor Signs Provide Watershed Education
People will be able to learn about their watershed while enjoying the outdoors at five parks in northwest Ohio, thanks to an environmental education mini-grant that TMACOG has received from the Ohio EPA...more


New Mapping System is a County Upgrade
Lucas County has completed a new Location Based Response System street network that will provide more detailed information than the centerline street network that county agencies and TMACOG have used for many years. The project was coordinated between the Lucas County Emergency Management office and the County Engineer’s office. The new system shows details including cell phone towers, bike paths, and fire hydrants. The improved network will provide emergency responders with a more precise destination than they can get from a street address. The system also gives planners more complete data as they continue to build an integrated system.

New Bike Facility at UT
Matthew Rubin, University of Toledo student government president, and Karen Gallagher, a doctoral assistant focusing on active transportation, cut the ribbon to open a new bicycle locker at the main campus of the University of Toledo. The facility provides secure storage for bikes, lockers where students can store books and clothes, an air pump, and water fountain. Students access the area with a swipe of their student ID. University officials said that they are working to integrate the university bike facilities with other paths and amenities in the region. They hope to have a series of bicycle lockers built all around their campuses.

Next Steps for the Westside Corridor
Now that a group of regional partners have completed the purchase of the Westside Corridor and preserved the land for public use, the next steps toward building a multi-use trail are underway...more

Rail Forum News

There was some good news to report at the annual Passenger Rail Forum presented by the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association and the TMACOG Public Transit & Passenger Rail Committee. There is significant progress in developing passenger rail service in southern Michigan including progress on a Detroit-Ann Arbor-Chicago high speed route...more


Help with Ash Tree Removal

The thousands of ash trees that have been killed by the emerald ash borer can be a hazard to property when they inevitably fall. WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. has received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that can help residential homeowners remove dead trees that are a potential threat to structures and play areas. The funds are available to private property owners in Lucas, Wood, and Erie counties.

The program provides up to 40 percent of the removal costs per household. Homeowners are required to submit applications with three estimates from certified arborists for the removal. For more information, contact Cindy Brookes, WSOS watershed specialist, at 419.334.5016. An information letter and applications are online here.


Black Swamp Conservancy Recognized
The Black Swamp Conservancy, based in Perrysburg, is the recipient of a 2011 Scenic Ohio Award. This award recognizes communities, public agencies, private corporations, non-profits, individuals, and others who preserve or enhance Ohio’s scenic resources through programs, projects, improvements, legislation, public awareness and resource management. Scenic Ohio is a private non-profit organization that promotes Ohio’s Scenic Byway Program.

Member Highlight:
Metroparks of the Toledo Area

The Metroparks of the Toledo Area ranks on the same tier as the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Zoo when people from northwest Ohio list favorite regional assets. The parks are diverse in size and style, from Swan Creek in the urban setting of Toledo, to a string of riverside parks along the Maumee River from Maumee to Providence Township, to the large Oak Openings Preserve in Swanton which is one of Ohio’s most important natural areas. ....more

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