July & August 2012
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Oregon Recognized at Statewide Stormwater Conference

The City of Oregon received an award for Program Excellence for their Big Ditch Improvement Project at June’s statewide Ohio Stormwater Conference held in Toledo June 7 & 8.

More than 450 stormwater professionals were in Toledo for the fifth annual Ohio Stormwater Conference held at the SeaGate Convention Centre. The Ohio Stormwater Association provides leadership, watershed-based coordination, and technical assistance for people working to reduce the impacts of stormwater. The conference included nearly 70 presentations on subjects ranging from low-impact development hydrology, to flood prediction, to the challenges of changing regulations.

Patekka Bannister from the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services was one of the local organizers of the program. Other TMACOG partners from northwest Ohio were well-represented at the conference . Jeff Grabarkiewicz who serves on the Environmental Council as well as the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District and the Lucas County Sustainability Commission talked about the Swan Creek BMP Retrofit Inventory program directed by TMACOG. Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken led a session about the role of elected officials in stormwater utility programs.


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