Table of

General Assembly

Directory of Public Officials

Finalizing Long Range Plan

Functional Classification Nework

Student Watershed Watch

Lake Erie Algae Sources and Solutions

Water Workshops for Realtors

Junction Avenue update

University of Toledo

Public Involvement Policy

December 2014 & January 2015
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TMACOG General Assembly

Registration for the annual meeting of TMACOG members is due by January 16. The General Assembly is Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg. The program also includes the TMACOG business meeting, caucus sessions, and election of the Board of more

Directory of Public Officials
If you are on the mailing list for this newsletter, you have already received an important communication from TMACOG, probably by e-mail. TMACOG is producing the annual Directory of Public Officials and we are checking every piece of data in the 250-page reference book. Your response is critical to the accuracy of this directory which is a much-valued benefit of membership in TMACOG. Thank you for your timely response and we appreciate your clear handwriting! The new Directory of Public Officials will be distributed in March, 2015.

If you have any questions about the directory, please contact TMACOG Director of Communications Peggy Ricard at 419.241.9155 ext. 105.



Finalizing 2045 Transportation Plan

On December 16, the full 35-member Transportation Planning Committee will meet to finalize the ranking of projects that will be included in the new “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan.” All meetings of TMACOG committees are open to the public and input is more

Resolution on Functional Classification Network
At the November 19 meeting of the Executive Committee, TMACOG leadership voted to approve an update to the Functional Classification Network in Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio. The process is just getting underway in the Michigan portion of the TMACOG region. TMACOG is working with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) to complete that update by April. The entire network is updated once a decade following the Census report and urban boundary more

Student Watershed Watch - Results of Student Summit 2014

The 25th annual Student Watershed Watch (SWW) Summit was held November 19 at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus. Sixteen schools participated in the first part of the SWW performing field work and evaluating water quality parameters. About 150 students from nine schools were able to participate in the second part which is the Student more

Lake Erie Algae - Sources and Solutions

TMACOG will host a comprehensive look at the problems with Lake Erie water at a special all-day meeting of the Environmental Council Thursday, January 22 in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. The program will look at the latest research on the sources of phosphorus in the lake’s western basin, the economic impact on tourism and increased cost of water more

Workshops Planned for Realtors
TMACOG and partners on the Portage River Basin Council have planned workshops for real estate professionals in Wood County and Ottawa County. The goal is to provide information and recommendations on real estate issues concerning water and sewage treatment. Each of the two workshops will cover a range of issues:
Floodplains and wetlands. What are federal regulations   regarding these areas and how do they affect what can be built on   a property? Introduction to relevant agencies.
Are Sewers in Your Future? As jurisdictions extend sewer   lines, existing residential areas are encouraged to disconnect   septic tanks and tap into sanitary sewers. The Areawide Water   Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) shows where sewers are   presently available and lists sewer capital improvement plans.
Septic Tanks. How home sewage treatment plants work, their   lifespan, and recommendations regarding inspection and   disclosure.

The workshops will provide three continuing education credits for licensed realtors.

Wood County Workshop
January 29, 1-4 p.m.
Newlove Realty, 336 S. Main St., Bowling Green

Ottawa County Workshop
Date and location to be confirmed

For more information, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.

Urban Waters - Junction Ave. Project

Abandoned property may be an eyesore today but residents of the Junction Avenue neighborhood in Toledo are looking at options that would convert wasted space to useful and beautiful green infrastructure. TMACOG and partners presented an interactive, educational event for residents of the Junction Avenue neighborhood November 22 at the Mott Branch Library. As neighbors work to create a new re-development plan for the area, they are learning about options to include green infrastructure like rain gardens, bioretention ponds, planted swales, and other natural features.

For more information about the Junction Avenue project, contact TMACOG Stormwater Coordinator Kari Gerwin at 419.241.9155, ext. 103.

UT to host U.S. EPA meeting
The U.S. EPA Great Lakes Program Office has selected the University of Toledo to be the host of the 2015 Great Lakes Area of Concern Conference which will be held March 11-12 on the university’s main campus.

An area of concern (AOC) is a term used in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. It defines a location that has experienced environmental degradation and is a priority for restoration funding. The Maumee River is one of the 40 AOCs in Great Lakes states.

The U.S. EPA expects 300 or more federal, state, and local representatives will attend the conference. UT Professor Dr. Patrick Lawrence, chair of the department of Geography and Planning, said that the conference provides a “great opportunity for UT, the Toledo area, and the Maumee AOC to showcase our efforts and achievements.”

Public Involvement Policy Under Development

The TMACOG Public Involvement Policy has recently been completely updated with attention to changes in federal policies. Area public service agencies who were invited to review the draft document have recommended strategies for better serving traditionally underserved communities. Those comments are being reviewed.

The draft policy is posted on the TMACOG website here. The public comment period ended November 7, but the general public is still welcome to review the document or attend any TMACOG meeting to discuss it. The revised policy will eventually be voted on by the Transportation Council and the Board of Trustees. TMACOG is also in the process of updating the Title VI program (civil rights) and both will be presented at the March 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

Regular evaluation and revision of the public involvement policy is one way that TMACOG ensures that the entire community is reflected in regional plans. TMACOG is committed to engaging active and representative public involvement from the entire region. Ongoing and meaningful public involvement in TMACOG planning activities ensures that projects and policies reflect local goals and needs.

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Upcoming Events

TMACOG General Assembly
Wednesday, January 21, 8:30 - 1:30 p.m., Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
: Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155 ext. 107

Lake Erie Algae - Sources and Solutions
Thursday, January 22, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

Water, Sewer, and Floodplains: Wood County Workshop
Thursday, January 29, 1.-4 p.m., Newlove Realty, 336 S. Maine St. Bowling green
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

Shared Services for Water and Sewer Resources Workshop
Friday, February 27, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Owens Community College
: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126