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TRANSPORTATION
State of Ohio Transportation Budget

Conference on Freight

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program

ENVIRONMENT
Wolf Creek Wetlands


Stormwater Webcasts

Ozone Action Season

MEMBER NEWS
Bowling Green Supports Air Quality


EVENTLINE
June & July 2015
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TRANSPORTATION
State of Ohio FY 2016-17 Transportation Budget
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a $7.06 billion transportation budget that takes effect July 1, 2015. The budget includes the following provisions that affect commuters and local governments.

Requires the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to accept credit and debit cards to pay for driver's licenses or other fees by July, 2016.
Local governments will get about $600 million to use for road and bridge improvements.
Increases dollar limit for county engineer design-build projects from $1.5 million to $5.0 million per project.
Nearly $6 billion will be used by the Ohio DOT on 1,600 highway construction and maintenance projects.
The budget codifies the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program and requires that at least another $10 million from the Highway Operating Fund be dedicated in the biennium.
Includes earmarks for Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs) - $3.5 million per year.
Creates a joint legislative task force on transportation issues to look at funding, speed limits, license plates, and other issues. The task force report is due by December 15, 2015.

 


Conference on Freight-Registration is Now Open



September 14-16, 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

The 2015 Conference on Freight in Cincinnati will be a new collaboration bringing a broad range of expertise to the theme: Breaking Boundaries: Building a Future Together. Registration is open and early bird rates apply through August 14...read more

 

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program

Drivers interested in saving gas and protecting air quality can have their vehicle gas cap checked at locations in southern Michigan, and Lucas and Wood counties this summer. The City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services will do a compression test on gas caps of passenger cars and light duty trucks...read more

 

ENVIRONMENT
Protecting our Beaches by Restoring Natural Ecosystem Processes


Maumee Bay State Park has had to post swim advisories at its lakeside beach for several days a year due to high levels of bacteria and algae. Dr. Daryl Dwyer, a University of Toledo associate professor and director of the Environmental Remediation and Restoration Laboratory at the Lake Erie Center, his students, and U.S. Geological Society collaborators identified the Wolf Creek watershed in Oregon as a proximal source of nutrients (that contribute to algal blooms) and bacteria for the beach...read more




Stormwater Webcast Series

There are three more stormwater webcasts remaining in 2015. These programs, prepared by the Center for Watershed Protection, have been valuable for stormwater managers, engineers, and others concerned with protecting water quality and preventing flooding.
Complete descriptions of the individual webcasts are posted on the TMACOG website here. The presentations are free – paid for with Stormwater Coalition dues. However, registration is required for each webcast. For more information, contact TMACOG stormwater planner Kari Gerwin at 419.241.9155 ext. 103.

Wednesday, June 10, 1-2:30 p.m.
Multi-Sector & Industrial Stormwater Permits
City of Toledo Engineering Services, 600 Jefferson Ave. Suite 300

Wednesday, September 16, 1-2:30 p.m.
What to Do About Trashy Watersheds
City of Toledo Engineering Services, 600 Jefferson Ave. Suite 300

Wednesday, November, 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
Checking in on Post-Construction Stormwater Management
City of Toledo Engineering Services, 600 Jefferson Ave. Suite 300



Ozone News



Ozone is a concern in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan whenever the weather is hot and calm with lots of sunshine. While July and August are usually the warmest temperatures, ozone levels are usually highest in May and June.

Ground level ozone, or smog, is the product of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are created when carbon-based fuels combust or evaporate. These compounds are transformed by sunshine into ozone. Some propellants such as those used in spray paints also contribute to ozone production. Ozone causes lung irritation and also damages plants and trees. People who work outside and children are particularly susceptible to lung problems caused by ozone.

Nearly half of ozone is generated by cars and households. Individual actions can reduce the amount of emissions and the amount of ozone in the air. To reduce ozone production on hot sunny days, drive less and adjust the thermostat to use less energy at home. Put off grilling until late evening. Avoid mowing the lawn or using other small engines. Fill up the gas tank early in the morning or late evening.

To learn more, go to www.ozoneaction.org. Links include www.airnow.gov, a map of current air quality information for the U.S.

Ozone forecasts will be 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. 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 will be used to communicate to the public on days when ozone reaches the top two levels.

 

 

MEMBER NEWS
Ozone Action Support from Bowling Green

Thank you to the public services department of the City of Bowling Green for donating space on their curbside collection trucks for an air quality message. These mobile billboards stretch the Ozone Action budget in Wood County.

 



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