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Ohio Conference on Freight

Bike Week Report

Turnpike Leasing

Gas Cap Testing Dates

Ottawa River Restoration
NRAC nominations

Ozone Action Season

Agriculture in Action Tour

College & University News

Member Highlight:
Maumee Valley Heritage Society

July / August 2011
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Ohio Conference on Freight: September 20 & 21
Registration is now open for the fifth annual Ohio Conference on Freight which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20 & 21 at the Toledo Hilton and Dana Conference Center. TMACOG hosts the two-day conference with the National Association of Regional Councils(NARC), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)...more

Bike Week 2011

As the local sponsor of Bike Week in northwest Ohio, this year TMACOG partnered with TARTA, the Safe Kids Coalition, the Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Toledo Area Bicyclists, Hostelling International, and other groups to promote a wide range of bicycle-related activities for the annual May celebration of bicycling...more

Leasing the Ohio Turnpike?

Transportation stakeholders in northern Ohio are concerned with an ongoing discussion about possibly leasing the Ohio Turnpike. The turnpike is a key transportation asset in the state and changes in its operations directly impact the transportation system and economic competitiveness in the region. State officials have announced that they are considering a variety of options for leasing the turnpike, or possibly shifting management of it to ODOT. Because the options are so broad and because no specific proposals are under discussion, TMACOG members have not taken a position on the topic of leasing. But since members and partners will be affected by any changes in operation, TMACOG offers the following recommendations as the discussions continue...more

Free Replacements for Leaky Gas Caps
TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services invite drivers in Lucas and Wood counties to stop by one of the gas cap testing locations this summer to see if the gas cap on their car is secure. A leaking or missing gas cap adds to air pollution, and is expensive. To test your gas cap, drive in to one of the 2011 testing sites at a Kroger store or Shell station. The compression test only takes a few seconds. Most leaky or missing caps can be replaced for free on the spot. Last summer, teams found that more than 11 percent of cars and trucks driving around in northwest Ohio were leaking gas into the atmosphere through leaky or missing gas caps...more


River Restoration at University of Toledo
TMACOG Maumee River Coordinator Matt Horvat is working with the partners at the University of Toledo to restore more natural features to the Ottawa River where it runs through the campus.

“Most of the river in that section was re-routed and channelized a long time ago,” said Horvat. The area in question is about .7-mile long. Horvat notes that there is almost no plant life in the area. “Almost nothing is growing in the streambed or on the banks, none of the grasses and plants that we normally have in area creeks.”...more

Nominations Sought for Clean Ohio Fund Committee

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, serving three-year terms.

Qualified candidates can submit applications to TMACOG until August 1, 2011. TMACOG administers NRAC District 12 in Lucas County...more

Ozone Action Season Reminder
During the warmer months, everyone can take steps to reduce the amount of ozone in the lower atmosphere: limit gasoline emissions by reducing the amount of driving you do and reduce use of gas-powered lawn equipment. You can also lower household energy demand with simple steps including line drying laundry, unplugging appliances that use energy even at rest, and keeping air conditioners in good repair. Monitor local air quality here. When conditions say that precautions should be taken by sensitive groups or advise caution, children and people with lung problems should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

2011 Conservation Agriculture Tour in
Northwest Ohio

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) will host its annual Conservation in Action Tour, August 8-9 in northwest Ohio. According to information provided by the CTIC, this year’s tour will focus on agriculture’s influence on the environmental and economic health of the Maumee River and Bay, as well as Lake Erie. The Tour will highlight agricultural producers implementing innovative conservation practices and solutions to water quality issues. Registration is now open. Save $25 if you register by July 8....more



Member News: Colleges & Universities
Monroe County Community College has announced the opening of a solar power generating system. DTE Energy Company and the college have a 20-year agreement to generate renewable energy. The solar installation is part of DTE’s SolarCurrents pilot program.

At Bowling Green State University, a program that begins in the fall of 2011 will offer a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration. The program will emphasize legal aspects of fire and emergency management, public health, interagency coordination of large-scale events, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, and applied research and analysis. More information is posted at

Member Highlight:
Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor
Members of the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor are interested in how the history of this region has contributed to the development of our current life and culture. They work to bring attention to the history of the area and our remarkable natural, cultural, and recreational resources. The group is non-profit and all-volunteer. On the heritage corridor website, members publish calendars listing heritage and cultural events, including lots of summer recreational and educational events ...more

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