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TRANSPORTATION
Funds for Vans: Deadline Nov. 11

Ohio Conference on Freight Report

Westside Corridor Purchase Complete

"On the Move" Update Published

GIS Day


ENVIRONMENT
Ottawa River Project Expanded

Salvage & Stewardship

Habitat Restoration Grants

Maumee RAP meeting

 
NEWS
New Members

Member Highlight: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

EVENTLINE
November/
December 2011

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TRANSPORTATION________________________
Letter of Intent for Specialized Transportation Grants Due Nov. 11
Ohio agencies working with the elderly or people with disabilities can apply for grants to pay for 80 percent of the cost of a van or other capital equipment to help with transportation. Agencies eligible to participate in the program are: Ohio non-profit agencies, Ohio Coordination Programs, or Ohio government entities certifying that there are no non-profit agencies available in the area to provide similar transportation services. The Specialized Transportation program is offered through ODOT’s Office of Transit.

The first step for interested agencies is to submit a letter of intent to ODOT. The deadline for the letter is Friday, November 11. Based on the letter, those agencies eligible for the program will receive a full application. TMACOG can assist interested entities with the complete application process. Initial guidance on the letter of intent is on the ODOT website here. For assistance or more information, contact Dave Gedeon, TMACOG director of Commuter Services and transportation project manager at 419.241.9155 ext. 125.


Report on the Ohio Conference on Freight
The fifth annual Ohio Conference on Freight presented by TMACOG in September explored new areas in the freight transportation and logistics industry.



Ohio-Canada Trade
It wasn’t news to the trucking professionals at the conference but many of the other attendees were surprised to find out the scale of trade between Ohio and Canada. Ohio sells more to Canada than to the next 14 countries combined. Dr. Roy Norton, Canadian Consul General, noted that the U.S. exports more to the single province of Ontario than it does to all the BRIC nations ( Brazil, Russia, India, and China) combined...more


Westside Corridor Purchase is Complete:
Tribute to Regional Partnership
In the planning stages since at least 1997, an 11-mile rail corridor that has been vacated by CSX has finally been purchased by a consortium of regional partners for future use as a multi-use trail. The purchase was complete October 31, 2011.

The acquisition of the corridor is a testament to strong regional cooperation and persistence. Metroparks of the Toledo Area, University of Toledo, City of Toledo, Wood County Park District, Wood County Port Authority, and TMACOG are the regional partners. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national non-profit agency with expertise in land conservation that served as a facilitator during negotiations. ODOT was also engaged on key issues....more

2035 Plan –Update 2011 Summary Published

What will the transportation system in our region look like in 24 years? TMACOG planners and a wide range of stakeholders have outlined the projects, initiatives, and policies that will guide future investment in our multimodal system...more

Happy GIS Day!
On Wednesday, November 16, map makers, engineers, and database analysts in northwest Ohio will be celebrating innovations in Geographic Information Systems at an event on the first floor of One Lake Erie Center (600 Jefferson Ave., Toledo). TMACOG will be part of the event....more

ENVIRONMENT___________________________

Ottawa River Restoration Project Expanded
A project to improve the habitat of the Ottawa River where it flows through the University of Toledo’s main campus has been expanded from a 900-foot patch by Savage Arena to the entire 3,700-foot length of the river on the campus. TMACOG is a subcontractor for the project with management and coordination responsibilities....more


Salvage & Stewardship

TMACOG is working with the City of Toledo on a two-year project to reduce hazardous runoff in the Ottawa River watershed. The program addresses area salvage sites, auto recyclers, and junk yards. Several of the area salvage yards have signed up for a voluntary program to establish pollution prevention programs at their properties. Operators of the salvage yards volunteered to have their operations inspected for chemical storage practices, runoff controls, and other pollution prevention measures. Following inspection, the consultant will write a plan for each yard’s operation, describing how the operator can employ Best Management Practices to reduce runoff...more


Restoring Habitat in the Great Lakes

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced in September that it awarded $4.8 million to eight projects to support habitat restoration throughout the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). See more information about AOCs here. Regional projects include habitat restoration at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Ottawa County, and a fish habitat restoration project on the lower Black River in the City of Lorain in northeastern Ohio. These projects are supported by NOAA with funding provided by the U.S. EPA through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Partners for Clean Streams recently were awarded a grant from the U.S. EPA that will fund a labor crew to work on habitat restoration projects in the Maumee AOC. That grant is modeled on a modern-day civilian conservation corps and will hire unemployed workers to improve habitat at a variety of project locations.

The project at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will restore and enhance 512 acres of critical coastal wetland and marsh habitat. The project will reconnect 127 acres of wetlands to Lake Erie. Additional partners on that project include Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In Lorain, the third phase of a fish habitat restoration project was funded. The City of Lorain will develop plans to build shallow underwater rocky fish habitat shelves for sport fish including walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and longnose gar. When complete, this project will restore up to seven acres of riparian habitat in the Black River watershed.

Maumee Area of Concern Meeting
On December 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) will host a summit meeting on the Maumee Area of Concern (AOC) at TMACOG offices. Members and the public are invited to learn what PCS and other area partners are doing to improve water quality and habitat. For more information, see the PCS website or contact Patrick Lawrence at 419.530.4128 or patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu

Areas of Concern are places adjacent to the Great Lakes that have been identified with characteristics that risk the health of the lakes. These areas need special attention to restore beneficial use of the waterway. The Maumee AOC is the northwest part of the Maumee River watershed and nearby waterways that are impacted by sediment, agricultural runoff, and industrial waste.

NEWS___________________________________

New TMACOG Members
TMACOG welcomes Partners for Clean Streams, Inc. as a new non-governmental member of TMACOG. PCS is a non-profit organization established in 2007. The group works to improve water quality and to engage the community to take local ownership of natural water resources in the greater Toledo area. PCS houses the Maumee Remedial Action Plan (the Maumee RAP). TMACOG has partnered with the RAP since 1987.

Davey Resource Group also became a non-governmental member of TMACOG in October. Davey is an employee-owned business based in Kent, Ohio with offices throughout the U.S. and in Canada. The foundation of their business is trees and tree health. They do residential and agricultural work and they contract with utilities and governments to manage these living assets.

Member Highlight:
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce



The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is a member organization like TMACOG, supported by member dues. The chamber was founded in 1894 when the City of Toledo was a boom town and home to a great variety of manufacturers. As the economy has changed, the chamber has continued to support and advocate for all businesses in the region. There are 2,800 current members of which 88 percent are small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.
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