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Ohio Conference on Freight

Summer Caucuses and Legislators Forum


Improved Planning with Better Input

TIP Approved

Last Chance for Gas Cap Testing

Swan Creek Vernal Pond

Ottawa River at UT Campus

National Stream Restoration Workshop

Portage Watershed Plan Finalized

Member Highlight:
Vilage of Walbridge



August & September 2013
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Last Chance for Best Rates

The early bird rate for the 2013 Ohio Conference on Freight expires soon. Register by Friday, August 9 for the $250 price. After that, the standard rate of $300 applies more

August 12: Summer Member Caucuses and Legislators Forum

All TMACOG members are invited to attend a half-day program of caucus sessions and a forum with local legislators on Monday, August 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at Owens Community College in the Audio/Visual Classroom more

Improving Transit Planning with Greater Input

TMACOG recently received a grant that will allow senior citizens and persons with disabilities to more fully participate in discussions about how best to provide transportation to a population that depends on public transit. The grant application was put together by TMACOG and the Area Office on Aging in collaboration with several other agencies and citizens who use more

TIP Approved by Executive Committee

The fiscal year 2014-17 Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) has been voted on and approved by the Transportation Council and the TMACOG Executive Committee. The approving resolution affirms that the TIP was developed consistent with the goals, policies, projects, and strategies of the “On the Move: 2007-2035 Transportation Plan–Update 2011.” more

Last Chance for Free Gas Cap Tests

TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services operate a summer program to test gas caps in Lucas and Wood counties and provide free replacements for leaky caps. There are only two dates left in more


Swan Creek Vernal Pool Restoration

A region identified as a priority in the Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan will get attention and help with restoration in a new project. The site is on property adjacent to Swan Creek near the Butterfly House in Whitehouse. The project will include restoration of a seasonal vernal pool and floodplain, improvement to in-stream habitat, and riparian enhancement. The owner of the property, Duke Wheeler, is helping with the work and has even donated some large trees to the restoration of the Ottawa River at the campus of the University of Toledo. (See “Ottawa River Restoration Expanded.”)

TMACOG has formed a project management team to advise and supervise the Swan Creek Vernal Pool project. The team includes Cheryl Rice from the Natural Resources Conservation Service; Mike Melnyk from Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District; Kyle Spicer from Partners for Clean Streams; and Tim Schetter from the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. Work will begin in the fall of 2013.

Ottawa River Restoration Expanded

A series of incremental projects have improved portions of the Ottawa River where it flows through the main campus of the University of Toledo. Now work has started on a new project that will address the entire 3,700-foot length of the river from where it meets the campus near the Law School at Secor Road, to the south of Savage Hall where it exits. more

Three-Day River Restoration Workshop

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present a free workshop and series of site visits on the Ottawa River August 6 through 9. Partners for Clean Streams is the local partner for the workshop. The program will feature local river bank and in-stream habitat restoration strategies. Organizers say that attendees will walk from a classroom at the University of Toledo to a stream restoration site while it is being constructed under the leadership of Dave Derrick, research hydraulic engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers. TMACOG Maumee River Coordinator Matt Horvat will be discussing work he has done on the Ottawa Hills dam remediation project and on the UT campus.

There is no fee to attend but registration is required. To register and for more information see

Approval Sought Portage River Plan

The 2013 draft of the Portage River Watershed Plan will be presented to the Portage River Basin Council for approval on August 1. It is also being submitted to the Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their more


Member Highlight: Village of Walbridge

The Village of Walbridge in Wood County is celebrating its centennial this year with fun and memories. Residents of the village of 3,000 celebrated the long Fourth of July weekend with rides, food vendors, historical displays, and music. Current and former residents are invited to purchase a brick to be part of memorial square at Loop Park. The Centennial Committee is also still copying family photos that might illuminate the village more

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Upcoming Events

Summer Caucuses and State Legislators Forum
Monday, August 12, 8 a.m. - noon, Owens Community College
Peggy Ricard , 419.241.9155 ext. 105

Ohio Conference on Freight
September 12 & 13, at the Kalahari Convention Center, Sandusky
Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119