Table of

Soil Science

Bowling Green Water Study

Urban Waters Meeting

Student Watershed Watch

Dredging/Algae Report

NRAC Meeting

Passenger Rail Forum

Gas Cap report


Public Involvement Policy

Call for Nominees

General Assembly

November & December 2014
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Special Presentation on Soil Science

Dr. Libby Dayton, a soil scientist with the Ohio State University, will make a special presentation about her research at the November meeting of the Portage River Basin Council. The meeting is Thursday, November 6 at 2 p.m. at Wood Soil and Water Conservation District offices in Bowling Green. It is open to the more

BG Students Share Study Results
Students from Bowling Green Middle School will share information about area waterways with residents of Wood County following weeks of research this fall. The students began in early October with water quality testing in the Portage River near more

Urban Waters - Interactive Meeting

Residents of the Junction Avenue neighborhood in central Toledo are working on a redevelopment plan. Stormwater management is one of their concerns and TMACOG is partnering with neighborhood committees. There will be an informational event to explain what stormwater is and how green infrastructure can improve water quality while reducing flooding. Junction Avenue residents and interested citizens are invited to attend and learn more. The interactive, educational event is Saturday, November 22, 1-3 p.m. at the Mott Branch Library, 1085 Dorr St., Toledo. No reservation is necessary.

Additional meetings and events are planned to give residents opportunities to incorporate green infrastructure in re-development plans. Green infrastructure can include rain gardens, bioretention ponds, planted swales and other natural features. With engineered soils and vegetated features, green infrastructure can absorb water during storms and can also be attractive natural assets to the neighborhood.

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

Navarre School Supported by Chrysler

Melody Tsapranis, a science teacher at Navarre Elementary School, was struggling to help her students fully participate in the Student Watershed Watch. Without bus transportation her students had to collect water samples within walking distance, which is a tall riverbank underneath Toledo’s High Level Bridge. Because the river is hard to access, students couldn’t do some of the important measures of water quality including collection of macroinvertebrates from the riverbed. But things are looking up for the Navarre more

What to do with Dredged Materials? Topic of Environmental Council Meeting
The TMACOG Environmental Planning department brought together the various agencies and departments most concerned with dredging the Maumee River shipping channel for a close look at the subject at a meeting September more

Important Dates for Clean Ohio Applications

Applications are now being accepted for a new round of Clean Ohio grants in Lucas County. In 2014, the Clean Ohio Fund has allocated $1,216,749 for nonprofit organizations that will use the funds for open space preservation. Potential applicants are strongly urged to attend a meeting of the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) to discuss the program, its goals, and to answer questions. The meeting will be December 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in more



Passenger Rail Forum

The Toledo Amtrak station is the busiest passenger rail station in Ohio with more than 85,000 passengers in 2013. There is a strong regional interest in train travel in the general public as can be seen in the large crowds that attend National Train Day Toledo in May. The Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA) and TMACOG will present a Passenger Rail Forum for anyone interested in train transportation Monday, November 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Toledo more

Gas Cap testing and Replacement Report

Although people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are not required to have environmental checks on their cars, hundreds of drivers volunteer every year to have gas caps on their passenger vehicles tested for leaks. An annual summer program provides free replacements for leaky gas more

Practice Your Roundabout Skills Online

Several roundabout intersections are under construction in northwest Ohio. This interactive video allows drivers to choose various scenarios and learn how to navigate different situations. How should bicyclists use a roundabout? What if a fire truck is coming? How do you make a left hand turn in a two-lane roundabout?

The intersections at Detroit Ave. and the Collingwood Blvd. area will be the first two-lane roundabouts to be completed in the region. There are several other newly completed single-lane roundabouts in the region including Metamora/Mitchaw and Brint/King in the City of Sylvania, and two roundabouts along Waterville-Monclova/Dutch in Waterville Township. Another at Centennial/Dorr in Springfield Township should be completed this year.

Roundabouts reduce the severity of car crashes because there is less opportunity for head on or direct side impacts. They keep traffic moving which reduces congestion and air pollution. They also save money because without lights and signals they require less maintenance.

Public Involvement Policy - Comments
due Nov. 7

Comments are still being accepted on TMACOG’s updated and revised public involvement policy. The draft policy is posted on the TMACOG website here. The policy describes how TMACOG ensures meaningful public input. It includes maps of environmental justice areas and low-income areas in the TMACOG planning region and links to relevant federal regulations. Interested people are invited to review the document and send any comments to

Regular evaluation and revision of the public involvement policy is one way TMACOG makes sure 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 and are supported by the public.

TMACOG Nominations Invited

As we near the end of the calendar year, TMACOG surveys members on their interest in leadership roles. TMACOG’s regional, state-wide, and national influence has grown through strong, committed leaders who serve throughout the organization. Please consider now how you can participate in TMACOG councils, committees, and executive committee in 2015. Members will make final committee assignments and elect TMACOG leadership at the General Assembly January 21, 2015.

Click here to review a complete list of committees and councils on which you may serve. Some committees meet monthly, while others meet bi-monthly or quarterly. Anyone may serve on a council or committee, and TMACOG welcomes the expertise of people with a variety of skills and interests. Indicate your interest and return the linked participation form no later than Friday, December 5, 2014.

Thank you for considering this important commitment to help TMACOG reach its mission. Your participation is key to the TMACOG vision - to be the governmental partner of choice to coordinate regional assets, opportunities, and challenges. If you have any questions regarding TMACOG leadership or the attached forms, please call TMACOG President Tony Reams at 419.241.9155 ext. 179.

Save the Date
General Assembly of the Toledo Metropolitan
Area Council of Governments

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg

Educating for Innovation: How Colleges and Universities Create Entrepreneurs

Join area educators, elected officials, business leaders, and economic development professionals for a focus on education. The Bowling Green State University, College of Business will provide the keynote. Speakers are Gene Poor, the Hamilton Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Kirk Kern, director of the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

In a panel discussion, representatives from the region’s community colleges and universities will discuss how they work with business and industry to educate the next generation of smart, nimble business leaders.

For more information contact
Jennifer Allen at, or 419.241.9155 ext. 107.


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Upcoming Events

Passenger Rail Forum
Monday, November 17, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
at The Toledo Club
: Diane Reamer-Evans 419.241.9155 ext. 117

Student Watershed Watch-Student Summit
Wednesday, November 19,9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo
: Matt Horvat 419.241.9155 ext. 123

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