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TMACOG General Assembly

SWW summit report

WQC meeting report

Junction Ave. Rain Garden

Gas Station Cleanup Funds available

Stormwater Tool

Safe Routes to School

National Bike Route Plan

November & December 2015

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TMACOG General Assembly - Save the Date
At the January 25 General Assembly, TMACOG members will vote on bylaws to recognize the establishment of the Water Quality Department, elect leadership, and meet in peer group caucus sessions. All member governments and organizations are asked to ensure representation for these important agency decisions.

Members will also hear a keynote address from a representative of the 180 th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard. The topic is their public-public and public-private initiative .

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 25, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, ext. 107


Student Watershed Watch - Student Summit

Nearly 200 students from elementary school to high school met at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus for the annual Student Watershed Watch Summit on Wednesday, November 18. They presented results of their water quality testing research and explored careers in environmental science.

The keynote speaker was Shannon Nabors, district chief of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Northwest Ohio District Office. Jim Blue, news director from WNWO NBC 24, was the master of more

Water Quality Council - Introductory Meeting

The Water Quality Council and leadership of its five committees met for the first time Wednesday, November 4.

TMACOG members have been working diligently to form a new water-focused structure. This meeting was an opportunity to move ahead with actions to ensure continued safe clean water supply from Lake more

Junction Ave. Breaks Ground for Rain Garden
Residents in Toledo’s Junction Avenue neighborhood have been working on a revitalization plan for the area. One part of the plan is underway on Hoag Street where a raingarden has replaced a recently demolished building. Community members chose a site that would provide educational opportunities for four local schools. Community members advised TMACOG planners on their preferences: a rain garden with fruit trees, benches and a walking more



Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant

Ohio Development Services Agency (ODS), in partnership with Ohio EPA and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), has announced a resource to help clean up abandoned gas and service stations throughout more

Stormwater Tool Available to Jurisdictions
All local cities and villages are required to have stormwater management plans in place. Those plans must be directed toward reducing the total amount of water pollutants that get into our streams. A good plan recognizes the problems – or impairments– already known to exist, and uses strategies shown to be effective for those problems. Stormwater Planner Kari Gerwin is developing a mapping tool that will help local governments update their plans with the best and most current information.

The GIS tool that she is developing will identify what watershed a jurisdiction is located in, list existing known impairments, and make recommendations for implementation of projects that will improve water quality. Gerwin said, “Jurisdictions are now required to address Total Minimum Daily Loads in their stormwater plans. This tool has all the information planners need to make a detailed and accurate local plan. It will save governments a lot of work.”

There is no cost to use the new stormwater planning tool. Administrative officials or stormwater planners are invited to contact Kari Gerwin at 419.241.9155 ext. 103 for more information.



Safe Routes to School National Conference to be Held in Ohio

The national Safe Routes to School program helps school districts and local governments improve roads, add signals, build paths or take other actions to help young people walk or ride bikes to school safely. There is a broad coalition of professionals encouraging active transportation and they will meet in Ohio in 2016 for a large more

Statewide Bike Routes in Formation
Imagine a national system of numbered bike routes that could guide a cyclist from New York City to San Francisco, or from Mobile to Sault Ste. Marie. Parts of this national corridor plan have already been designated and some are in draft form. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Adventure Cycling Association have proposed a national system of bike routes that would create a backbone for regional bike more

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Upcoming Events

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 25,
Holiday inn French Quarter, Perrysburg Contact: Jennifer Allen ext. 107

TMACOG Certification Review
Wednesday, January 20, noon
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
: David Gedeon ext. 125

Clean Ohio Funds - Informational Meeting
Thursday, January 13, 2 p.m.
TMACOG Boardroom Contact: Kurt Erichsen ext. 126