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General Assembly

Road Construction Review and Forecast

Access Ohio-Public Comment

Stormwater Pilot Programs

Oak Harbor Boat Launch

Student Watershed Watch

Portage River Basin Council

January 2014 & February 2014
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Annual TMACOG General Assembly

TMACOG members are urged to attend the annual General Assembly, Wednesday, January 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.

From local fields to global yields – the economic impact of agriculture

This annual forum includes the business meeting for TMACOG with election of officers, and selection of Board of more



Construction Summary and Forecast

Northwest Ohio saw a very busy road construction year in 2013 and the completion of several large-scale projects in our more

Ohio Longe Range Plan - Comments Invited

Comments are still being accepted on the draft of Access Ohio 2040, Ohio’s new long range transportation plan. Interested people can view the 11 recommendations that will guide ODOT policies and strategies in the coming years and provide comments and suggestions. See the plan and leave comments at www.accessohio2040. Comments may also be submitted directly by e-mail to: People without computer access may see the printed plan in the library of TMACOG offices at 300 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, Toledo OH 43604. There is a computer in the library that can be used for e-mail comments. Letters may also be sent by U.S. mail:

Jennifer Townley, Div. of Planning
Attn: Charles Dyer
Ohio Department of Transportation, Mail Stop #3280
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Written comments must be received by the close of business on January 15, 2014.


Showing Value in Stormwater Management -
Case Studies

A broad regional partnership, which includes TMACOG Stormwater Coalition members, the University of Toledo, and Clay High School, is working to quantify the value of stormwater best management practices. Following is an overview of the projects more

Progress on Portage River Boat Launch

For several years, communities along the Portage River have been working to increase recreational access to the river. The Village of Oak Harbor learned in November that their application for a non-motorized boat launch was recommended for funding by the federal Land and Water Conservation fund operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). An additional grant has been sought from ODNR’s Nature Works program which funds recreational projects. Both grants would be needed to complete the project as the village envisions it. Robert Pauley, administrator of the Village of Oak Harbor, is hopeful that the project will come together. He said that the plans include an overlook for pedestrians and access for the village’s emergency response team. The launch site is planned for an area within the Church Street right-of-way, a main thoroughfare in the village.

“Construction of this access site is a key point in our downtown master plan,” he said. “It provides access to our most vital natural resources.”

TMACOG provided letters of support for the grant application.

Student Watershed Watch-Results of Student Summit 2013

Students gained a new appreciation for a big, prehistoric-looking salamander at the twenty-fourth annual Student Watershed Watch Summit held November 21. The keynote speaker was Greg Lipps, an expert on the aquatic salamander called the hellbender. Students and teachers intently watched a video of Mr. Lipps floating in a creek and investigating under river rocks where the hellbenders protected their eggs. They learned how habitat changes have reduced the population of hellbenders and how the salamanders are being nurtured in controlled situations and released back into appropriate more


Portage River Basin Council

The City of Bowling Green partnered with Bowling Green City Schools this fall to expand the study of water quality for seventh grade students. After classroom lessons on water treatment and the methods for testing water quality, 240 students were bused to the Portage River at William Henry Harrison Park in more

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Upcoming Events

TMACOG General Assembly
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact:Tony Reams
, 419.241.9155 ext. 179

TMACOG Leadership Orientation
Tuesday, February 18 at the TMACOG offices Contact: Tony Reams, 419.241.9155 ext. 179

TMACOG Tech: Ohio Sunshine Law
Friday, April 4, 2014. at Owens Community College
: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155 ext. 105

Transportation Summit
Friday, April 11, 2014 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee Contact: Christine Drennen, 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Open Doors, Open Minds. Beyond Accessible Design
Proactive Planning & Design for Disabled and Aging Populations

Friday,May 9, 2014 at the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
: Peggy Ricard, 419.241.9155 ext. 105