Table of
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FEATURE
Bike Month

Environmental Planning Changes

ENVIRONMENT
Ohio Stormwater Association


Clean Ohio Grants

208 Plan

Junction Avenue - Urban Waters

TRANSPORTATION
Ozone Standards

Transportation Council

Transportation Legislation

MEMBER NEWS
Monclova Township

Republic Services


EVENTLINE
May & June 2015
Web
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FEATURE
May is Bike Month!


Good old flat northwest Ohio has many facilities for bicycle recreation. You can find maps and information on the bike and pedestrian pages of www.tmacog.org. But a bicycle is also a practical commuting tool.

During Bike Month, there are several opportunities to take your bike on the road and use it to commute to work or school and run errands. You’ll save on gas, build healthy exercise into your day, and reduce congestion on the road...read more

 

Changes in Environmental Planning –
Focus on Water Quality

The TMACOG Environmental Council is allocating its resources to more directly focus on drinking water and water supply quality.

All TMACOG councils and committees are organized to serve member goals. These goals are periodically reviewed to ensure that efforts are providing the best value possible. In recent months, members of an ad hoc committee looking at the Environmental Council have agreed that a focus on clean, safe, water supply should be a top priority. They have recommended that the council be re-named the Water Quality Council...read more

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

Ohio Stormwater Association


The 2015 Ohio Stormwater Association Annual Conference will be held May 6-8 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky. The Ohio Stormwater Conference is a resource for those dealing in all aspects of stormwater planning, design, implementation, and regulatory compliance. The 2015 conference will provide updates on environmental issues, new technologies, regulatory information, and pollution prevention. Visit www.ohiostormcon.com to register.

The conference will also be offering courses and exams. Visit http://www.cpesc.org for course and exam information.

Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI)
Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ)
Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S)

 


Clean Ohio Grants Announced

The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC), administered by TMACOG, has announced its recommendations for the current round of Clean Ohio Fund Conservation Grants in Lucas County. Clean Ohio funds total $1,282,749 for this round. Including local match of $431,000, the projects funded are valued at $1,721,275. (There is a shortfall on the Reynolds Corners project of $7,526). The recommendations are listed in priority order...read more



208 Plan Revision
The newest revision to the region’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan has been approved by the participating parties and is moving through committee approval toward state certification. The plan - called the 208 Plan from that section of the Clean Water Act – addresses sanitary sewers, wastewater treatment plants, and onsite sewage systems. The 208 Plan area includes Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships in Monroe County, Michigan. These partners update the plan to reflect changes in infrastructure, to accommodate development, and to respond to changes in regulations.

The current update will be voted on at the next meeting of the Environmental Council May 28 at 1:30 p.m. If it is approved by the council as expected, it will next be presented to the TMACOG Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. When officially approved the plan is sent to the state of Ohio for endorsement and inclusion in the state-wide water quality management plan.


 

Junction Avenue - Urban Waters

TMACOG stormwater planners are working with the Junction Avenue neighborhood to incorporate green infrastructure into their re-vitalization plans. At an April 18 Earth Day event, members participated in a design charrette. They are working to replace blighted structures with beautiful, useful, green spaces
....photos



TRANSPORTATION

Air Quality Reporting Eased


The air quality in the TMACOG planning area hasn’t changed –
we continue to meet current standards – but a change in U.S. EPA regulations has reduced some TMACOG reporting requirements.
...read more

 

 

Transportation Council Votes

The TMACOG Transportation Council will vote on two fundamental transportation planning programs at its May 6 meeting. Both the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP), and the “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Long Plan” are up for approval. The meeting is open to the public.

The TIP is the short range plan that schedules and manages federally funded transportation facilities and services in Lucas and Wood counties. It is updated every two years by TMACOG in cooperation with cities and counties and with federal agencies...
read more





Transportation Legislation
TMACOG members, local governments, and area transportation stakeholders are united in their appeal for more dependable federal funding for local transportation needs.

There has been a groundswell of local government concern because progress toward a long-term bill has been slow and the current bill, MAP-21 is scheduled to expire May 31. Repeated short term extensions make it impossible to plan for consistent maintenance and improvement to the system...read more


 

MEMBER NEWS
The township trustees of Monclova recently voted to rejoin TMACOG. Monclova was a founding member of TMACOG in 1968. Welcome back! Residents and officials of Monclova Township have been involved with TMACOG activity in western Lucas County including participation in the Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan. The township includes parts of the Oak Openings region and the Wabash Cannonball trail, the site of the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and suburban neighborhoods south of the Ohio Turnpike. Township news and activities are on their website.


Member Thanks
TMACOG extends its thanks to Republic Services, Inc. for the sponsorship of the April 17 TMACOG Tech session. That program provided Ohio Sunshine Laws training at Owens Community College. Sponsorship allowed TMACOG members and others to get required training close to home.



 


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