Table of
Contents


FEATURE


State Issue One

ENVIRONMENT
Stormwater Webcasts

Stormwater Grant


Ozone Action Season

208 Plan Meetings


Lights Out Ohio

TRANSPORTATION
Bike Month

Train Day Toledo

Transportation Summit Report

NEWS
Fire Training Consortium Offered

Welcome New Member


EVENTLINE
May & June
2014

WEB
pdf version

FEATURES

Supporting State Issue One

The TMACOG Executive Committee has approved a resolution declaring support for State Issue 1 and urging Ohio voters to vote in favor of the issue May 6...read more




ENVIRONMENT

Free Stormwater Webcasts through 2014



TMACOG’s Stormwater Coalition is hosting a series of free webcasts in 2014 provided by the Center for Watershed Protection. These sessions are open to anyone interested in building or maintaining green infrastructure. Continuing Education credits are available for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors...read more



Stormwater Management in Urban Revitalization

The TMACOG Environmental Planning department has been awarded a grant to plan for green infrastructure in urban parts of our region. The grant, awarded by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, funds a project that will assist the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation (the Land Bank). The Land Bank works to return foreclosed and vacant properties to productive use in the community. TMACOG will use GIS analysis to identify and prioritize those properties where green stormwater infrastructure best management practices would be most effective...read more


Ozone Action Season: May-September

Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan have their hottest days in July and August, but historically residents are more likely to experience unhealthy levels of ozone in late May and June.

TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services operate Ozone Action Season from May through September. Forecasts are made by the City of Toledo twice each week, or more often during periods of unusual weather conditions. Forecasts will predict one of four levels of air quality conditions: Good; Satisfactory; Precautionary Measures Should be Taken by Sensitive Groups; and Caution. The City of Toledo will start publishing forecasts of air quality ratings in mid-May. To receive the ozone forecast by e-mail, ask to be added to the Ozone Action Season list. Contact env.information@toledo.oh.gov. TMACOG also posts the information here. Social media and news outlets will be used to communicate to the public on days when ozone reaches the top two levels.


Revisions to 208 Plan Presented

The water quality plan for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan has been completely revised with significant changes to planning area boundaries and more than 200 listed projects spread among 51 sewerage systems. The projects reflect a regional investment of about $625 million to protect public health and comply with the Clean Water Act. Many of the projects would address combined sewer overflows or wet weather sewer impacts.

At a public meeting at 6 p.m. on May 6, interested people are invited to review the changes to our region’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) at TMACOG offices. Over the last several months, TMACOG has held meetings in each of the five counties that cooperate on our 208 Plan. Representatives from Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood and Monroe counties discussed and agreed upon needed sewerage improvements and potential changes to the boundaries of Facility Planning Areas. Significant updates include proposed boundary changes affecting Erie Township, the cities of Toledo, Oregon, Fostoria, Luna Pier and Port Clinton; the villages of Oak Harbor and Swanton, and Ottawa County. Following the public meeting, the plan will be presented to the TMACOG Environmental Council at its regularly scheduled May 22 meeting. The proposed 208 Plan can be seen here.

For any questions or comments, contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155, ext. 126.


Lights Out Ohio: A Partnership to Save Migratory Birds!


Each spring and fall, hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through Ohio. Many of them migrate at night through our cities. Unfortunately cities with their tall buildings and lots of windows are dangerous places for birds. About 550 million birds die each year from collisions with buildings or windows. Lights on tall buildings or lights aimed at the sky can disorient birds or actually attract them toward buildings...read more


TRANSPORTATION

May is Bike Month


Spring has come and it’s time to spin our wheels! A bicycle is a powerful commuting vehicle for many people. You can increase your range when you combine a bike and a TARTA bus. With a little practice and experience you can leave the car at home for a few days a week. The advantages are huge: save gas and other car costs, get healthy exercise, learn your town and neighborhood in a new way. This month is good time to try it with lots of opportunities to get out on your bike...read more

 

Two Days of Train Day Toledo, May 2 & 3



Join one of the country’s largest celebrations of trains and train travel on Saturday, May 3. And you are invited to a preview party on Friday evening, May 2...read more




Report on 2014 TMACOG Transportation Summit

The keynote speaker at the 2014 Transportation Summit said that a successful new public transit program is not dependent on a growing community or on a particularly dense population. He cited extensive community involvement and public and private support as essential to successful projects. Richard Simonetta, a Senior Manager at The Burns Group, has extensive experience with public transit projects in diverse settings...read more





NEWS

Regional Fire Service Consortium

Fire departments in northwest Ohio are invited to join the Regional Fire Service Consortium at Owens Community College for a 12-month program of training classes. The partnership has been developed to address the professional fire service training requirements in northwest Ohio in an affordable and timely manner...read more


New Member

TMACOG members welcome back Proudfoot Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying firm based in Perrysburg. Proudfoot has re-joined TMACOG as a non-governmental member. Their work includes community planning, water services from sanitary supply to stormwater management, and transportation services. The firm has experience with highway and bridge construction as well as signal studies and design. For more information contact Paul Proudfoot at 419.865.7195 or see the firm’s website.




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Upcoming Events

Friday Night by the Tracks - A Train Day Preview Party
Friday, May 2,
5 - 8 p.m. at the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza and the Amtrak station
Contact
: Diane Reamer-Evans, 419.241.9155 ext. 117

Train Day Toledo
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza and the Amtrak station
Contact
: Diane Reamer-Evans, 419.241.9155 ext. 117

Ohio Conference on Freight
September 18 & 19 at the Hyatt Regency, Columbus
Contact
: Christine Connell 419.241.9155 ext. 119