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Train Day -
call for volunteers

TMACOG Leadership Retreat

Ottawa River Improvements

Public Meeting 208 Plan

Option for Stormwater Control

Federal Role for Erichsen

TMACOG Tech: Water is Life

Save the Date:
Ohio Conference on Freight

Bike Month in May

Schools Invited to Enter Safety Contest

Help Wanted

Biggest Week in Birding

Member Highlight:
City of Rossford

CRD Annual Meeting

April /
May 2012

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Train Day Toledo Volunteers

Toledo’s Amtrak station is ready to welcome thousands of visitors for this year’s Train Day celebration and TMACOG is asking for volunteers to help. Train Day Toledo is Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m...more


TMACOG Leadership Retreat Set
All TMACOG members are invited and council and committee chairs and vice chairs are especially encouraged to participate in TMACOG’s leadership retreat Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon.

Every other year, a leadership retreat is held, usually in the years when TMACOG members elect a new chair and vice chairs. The purpose of the retreat is to help focus TMACOG energies on the issues that are important to members over the next two years and to devise strategies to help the region take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges. The theme for the 2012 retreat is "What is in Your Sustainability Toolbox." Kay Reiter, executive director of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation, will be the facilitator for the retreat.

To register for the leadership retreat, please contact Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155 ext. 107 by Friday, April 13.


Major Milestone for Ottawa River Health
Twenty years after signs went up along the Ottawa River warning people to avoid contact with its waters and not to eat the fish, conditions have improved so much that the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said the signs could come down where the river flows through the main campus of the University of Toledo. At a ceremony at UT, groups that have worked to improve conditions celebrated by removing the warning signs....more

Public Meeting: Updates to 208 Plan
Water Quality Management Plans (called 208 Plans) are updated regularly to account for new development and changes to sewerage systems. In Ohio, there are six areawide plans. TMACOG’s planning area covers Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio; and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships in Monroe County, Michigan....more

New Option for Stormwater Control
The goal of stormwater management is to prevent chemicals, sediment, and other water contaminants from entering streams through rainfall or snowmelt. When stormwater enters the storm sewer system, it goes to area rivers and ditches without being treated. There are many tools for protecting stormwater, from rain gardens which hold water and let it percolate into the soil naturally, to vegetated swales that slow running water and allow for more natural filtration. Stormwater Planner Ann-Drea Hensley is investigating a new strategy. She and her team working on the Swan Creek Watershed Best Management Practices Inventory are looking at an insert for existing catch basins. The insert is a strategy to capture sediments and organic matter and keep them out of the waterway. It’s an especially useful tool for brownfield areas or any place where digging would disturb contaminated soil. The catch basins are also less expensive than some other built options like ponds or swales.

A worker inserts a catch basin insert for oil and grease, trash, debris, and sediment removal from stormwater
as it enters the storm drainage system (Source: Ab
Tech Industries, 2001)

Erichsen on National Advisory Board

Vice President Environmental Planning,
Kurt Erichsen
Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG vice president of Environmental Planning, has been re-appointed to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) for a second two-year term. The council’s role is to provide independent advice to the U.S. EPA Administrator on environmental policy, technology, and management issues.

Save the Date

The next TMACOG Tech, June 20, 2-3:30 p.m. at TMACOG, will address the issue of maintaining water supply and treatment infrastructure. The Water Is Life program stresses the importance of maintaining and funding water infrastructure and the necessity of establishing funding mechanisms that cover the full cost of the service. Elected officials and water infrastructure operators are invited to attend the presentation and panel discussion...more



TMACOG Planning Process Certification
In March, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conducted a review of TMACOG’s transportation planning process. These reviews ensure that federal transportation planning in the region is comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing, and that the public has ample opportunity to be involved in and comment on transportation plans as they are being developed. While TMACOG has not received the final formal report, the FHWA/FTA review is complete and positive...more

Trade and the Ohio Conference on Freight

The Midwest is leading the rest of the United States in this gradual economic recovery. Falling unemployment, increasing manufacturing production, and growing international trade are all positive indicators of a resurgent Great Lakes region. The region’s revival is good news for anyone involved in moving freight and meeting global demand. A major focus of the 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight will be how freight facilities and trade corridors connect Ohio, its neighboring states, and Canadian provinces to the rest of the world.

The 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight will be held September 13 & 14 at the Kalahari Conference Center in Sandusky. Kalahari’s newly expanded facility offers state-of-the-art technology and flexible exhibitor space to meet the needs of the conference and attendees. Visit for more details.

May is Big Bike Month

A week wasn’t long enough. This year TMACOG is sharing news about bicycling for the whole month of May. There are recreational rides, safety events, information about commuting by bike, cycling for students, and more. See highlights after the jump; see for the complete schedule of activities. Ride safely...more


Schools Invited to Enter Safety Contest

The race is on! Hurry to enter ODOT’s K-8 school safety contest . Prizes include new Trek bikes for students & $1000 awards for schools/teachers.

Now through April 30, students in grades K-8 can enter to Win Big Prizesas part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” interactive School Safety Contest ...more


MEMBER NEWS__________________________

TMACOG Transportation Dept.
TMACOG is accepting applications for the position of Transportation Planner. See the details at Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 20.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory – Economic Engine

The Biggest Week in Birding, May 4-13, has, almost by accident, become an economic asset for the region. In March, the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce presented its Prism Award for Community Improvement to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) in Oak Harbor which organizes the week’s activities...more

Member Highlight

The City of Rossford was established in 1898 as old-fashioned company town. Edward Ford of the Libbey-Owens-Ford Company founded the city around his factory – the Edward Ford Plate Glass Company – on land to the east of the Maumee River. The factory came first and a city followed as it became populated with employees...more

CRD Annual State of the Region

The Center for Regional Development (CRD) is an interdisciplinary research platform based at Bowling Green State University with expertise in regional economics and community development. They are holding their tenth annual state of the region conference Monday, April 9, 9 a.m. – noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd. in Perrysburg. For more information call 419.372.8710 or e-mail


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