Table of

Caucus Questions

208 Plan approved

Grants Fund Available

Urban Stormwater

Teacher Training

Conference on Freight

Fiscal Year TIP Report

Traffic Count Interns


September & October 2015

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Caucus Questions

TMACOG members who met in caucus session at the August 5 meeting generated many timely and thoughtful questions for the panel of lawmakers. Because there were so many questions that the panel was not able to get to, TMACOG has asked the lawmakers who were on the panel to follow up. Look for responses in the October Big Picture.

To see the questions, go to the caucus notes on the TMACOG Blog. While you are there, sign up for the blog. It’s a way for members to share timely information and engage in discussion.

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2015 Caucus and Forum with State Lawmakers: AT&T Ohio and Penta Career Center.

208 Plan approved by U.S. EPA

TMACOG has received official notification that our region’s 2014 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) has been approved by the U.S. EPA and incorporated into the state of Ohio’s plans. Ohio has five Areawide Planning Agencies that cooperatively manage planning for sanitary sewers, wastewater treatment plants, and onsite sewage systems. The TMACOG 208 Plan region includes Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships of Monroe County, Michigan.

In the time since the 2014 plan was submitted, partners in the region have continued to modify the plan as needed. The 2015 version of the plan has been locally approved by the TMACOG Environmental Council and Executive Committee and by the Board of Trustees. The newest updates reflect changes to regulations affecting septic systems and package plants and provide updates to Critical Sewage Area designations. The entire plan and information about how it is modified to meet changing development and regulation is on TMACOG webpages here.

Up to $13.9 Million Available From EPA

The U.S. EPA has issued a Request for Applications soliciting proposals for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants to fund new projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Up to $13.9 million will be available during the 2015 funding more

Urban Area Bioretention Cells

TMACOG has been awarded a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to build a system of bioretention cells in an urban Toledo neighborhood. A grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will fund the design and construction of two large bioretention areas on vacant land near Belmont and Forest in central Toledo. The land is currently delinquent, owned by the City of Toledo or the Lucas County Land Bank. By converting the property to stormwater infiltration treatment areas, neighborhood residents and Lake Erie will both more

Teachers Train in the Health of the Great Lakes

Many of the teachers who regularly participate in the TMACOG Student Watershed Watch brushed up on skills and learned some new tools at a five-day summer program offered in July at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center. Matt Horvat, TMACOG Maumee River coordinator, was one of the facilitators. The program is a summer teacher institute that focused this year on the health of the Great Lakes and water quality. The teachers learned about remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), as well as a range of water quality testing protocols.

Teachers in grades 5 through 12 work with Matt Horvat, TMACOG Maumee River coordinator, and ODNR Scenic Rivers coordinator Christina Kuchle on identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates.




Last day to Register: Sept. 4

2015 Conference on Freight
September 14-16, 2015
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio

The last day to register for the 2015 Conference on Freight is Friday, September 4.
Click to register now. For questions or help with registration contact Conference Manager Jodi Cole: 419.241.9155 ext. more

TIP Report 2015

Click here to see a spreadsheet detailing transportation improvements projects (roadway and transit) that were awarded federal funding in Lucas and Wood counties in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015).

In fiscal year 2015 federal money for transportation projects in these counties was approximately $273 million. Of that, TMACOG is charged with the selection and funding of just over $14 million. These funds are administered through TMACOG’s Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP). ODOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) manage the balance of approximately $259 million for other projects. This list is federally funded projects only and does not include road projects funded separately by cities and villages.

Many entities in our region – including local political jurisdictions, engineering and construction firms, ODOT, FHWA, and TMACOG – work cooperatively and in coordination to efficiently manage and successfully complete these transportation projects. For more information contact TMACOG Planner Lance Dasher, 419.241.9155 ext. 115.

Traffic Interns Collect Data, Stay Busy

TMACOG’s 2015 summer interns, Ryan Kelly and Greg Myers, are keeping busy. During most weekday mornings they are out installing traffic meters or collecting them. In the afternoon, they are uploading data to the traffic count database system. They also worked together this summer to update data related to sidewalks in the more


Risingsun Council

In the village of Risingsun, there are two mayors and two city councils. Mayor Rick Whetsel works for the streets department; Mayor Paige Curlis enjoys bowling and Zumba. Whetsel has been mayor since 2001 and Curlis has been mayor since April, 2015. Whetsel drives to meetings and Curlis asks her mom, Alice Connor, for a ride because Paige Curlis is a 13-year-old student at Lakota Middle more


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2015 Conference
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Monday - Wednesday, September 14-16
Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza
: Christine Connell 419.241.9155 ext. 119

Sandusky County Realtors Workshop
Wednesday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sandusky County Economic Development Corp.
2511 Countryside Drive, Suite C, Fremont, OH 43420 Contact: Kurt Erichsen 419.241.9155 ext. 126

TMACOG Tech; Being Prepared when Opportunity Knocks
Friday, October 16,
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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