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Water Quality Council -
Inaugural Meeting Nov. 4

The first meeting of the newly constituted TMACOG Water Quality Council is November 4, at 2 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, just outside TMACOG offices. Water Quality Council and sub-committee members are asked to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet. The event will include keynote speakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Professionals working in water resource management, elected officials, water plant operators, park officials, conservancy groups, and people concerned with actions directed toward safe and healthy Lake Erie are invited to attend.

William Creal of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Karl Gephardt of the Ohio EPA will be keynote speakers at the inaugural meeting of TMACOG’s Water Quality Council, discussing public policies geared toward improving water quality in Lake Erie. A panel discussion following the keynotes featuring the leadership of TMACOG’s water quality sub-committees will focus on the role of local governments in protecting the lake and what policies TMACOG’s program committees should consider.

This is the first meeting of the Water Quality Council and an introduction to new sub-committees. TMACOG members have re-structured the environmental department to directly focus on water quality initiatives in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The sub-committees are:

• Public Water Supply
• Stormwater Coalition
• Wastewater
• Watersheds
• Regional Water Planning

There is no charge but you must register to attend. Please call by October 30 to register: Joy Minarcin 419.241.9155 ext. 128.


Karl Gephardt is deputy director for water resources. In August of 2015, his duties were refined to focus solely on Lake Erie and water quality. His primary goals are to implement a binational agreement with Michigan and Ontario to reduce nutrient inputs to Lake Erie by 40 percent, and to develop a strategic plan to manage dredge material in accordance with Ohio’s commitment to end open-lake disposal of dredged materials.

Bill Creal is the chief of the water resources division at the DEQ. He oversees wastewater and surface water programs; permits to control aquatic nuisance plants, nonpoint source pollutants; critical dunes, wetlands, and floodplains; dam safety; and soil erosion and sedimentation control issues. Michigan is committed to a 40 percent reduction in phosphorus discharges by 2025 and has banned open-lake disposal of dredged materials.



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