First Meeting of the Water Quality Council Held
After a year of reorganization and planning, the new Water Quality Council held its first meeting Wednesday, March 9 at the Lucas County Sanitary Engineers office. More than 40 people were in attendance including city, county, village, and township elected officials, wastewater operators, and sanitary engineers...
Public Invited to Review Update to Regional Sewer and Water Plan
The Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (called the 208 Plan from that section of the Clean Water Act), is an agreement among regional partners on how we will treat wastewater to comply with federal regulations. The plan is updated regularly in response to local development and changes in infrastructure. The most recent update will be available for public review and comment at a public meeting Wednesday, May 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the TMACOG Boardroom.
The newest update shows how communities are addressing industrial package plants, combined storm and sanitary sewers, and providing capacity for economic development. For questions on the 208 Plan, contact Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155, ext. 126.
Persons requesting special accommodations for disabilities of language, mobility, or other handicap are invited to contact TMACOG Accessibility Coordinator Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155, ext. 107.
Financial Assistance Available for Septic Repair
Residents of Lucas County who have damaged or failed home sewage treatment systems may apply for funds to pay for some or all of the cost of repair or replacement. The program is being managed by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department in conjunction with the Ohio EPA. Details on eligibility and the reimbursement process are on the health department website here. (Other counties in the region have applied for the program. Check with the county health department for more information. )
Households that are in the Swan Creek watershed have the first priority. The Swan Creek watershed includes all or parts of the townships of Harding, Waterville, Spencer, Springfield, Providence, Swanton and Monclova, and the cities of Toledo and Maumee. Low-income households also have preference. If funding remains available after high-priority households have been identified, other households in Lucas County outside of the Swan Creek watershed will be considered.
For questions on the program, contact the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, 419.213.4100, or e-mail Jerry Bingham at the department’s Environmental Health Division.
New Resources Aid Permit Compliance
TMACOG recently posted a new resource on tmacog.org here for administrators responsible for satisfying stormwater permits in their jurisdictions.
Stormwater planners are required to address water quality impairments through best management practices. These efforts are outlined in the jurisdiction’s stormwater management plan. The new resource is a shortcut to identification of known problems and suggested strategies to address them.
Planners can click on a watershed map of the TMACOG region that shows which watersheds are within their jurisdiction. Then planners can open a file to see a list of impairments in a watershed and suggested strategies for reducing impact of the impairment.
For example, the Gale Run-Swan Creek in Waterville Township shows impairments due to sedimentation, habitat alteration, nitrates and nitrites, phosphorus, E. coli, and copper. Sources of impairments are identified as agricultural, from home sewage treatment systems, golf courses, and others. Recommendations for best management practices in this watershed include the creation of conservation easements, education and outreach programs, point source control, and agricultural best management practices.
The data on water quality impairments is from Ohio EPA study and sampling. Sampling information has not been completed for every watershed in the TMACOG region.
May is Bike Month
Join TMACOG members and partners in a celebration of spring and active transportation. Bike Month invites experienced cyclists and those who aspire to ride more often to join in some of the events in May. But before you ride, make sure your bike is roadworthy. Get an ABC Quick Check at one of these local shops...read more
ITS Stakeholder Meeting
Partners working to coordinate the region’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) are invited to meet at TMACOG Thursday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The stakeholder meeting is part of an update to the area’s network of emergency communications, road signage, traffic signals, and other transportation communication systems.
The ITS planning area is largely Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County, Michigan but neighboring counties are invited to participate. The goal is to identify participating agencies and inventory their systems, look for ways to better integrate existing systems, and plan for growing and maintaining an efficient architecture. The April 7 meeting will include a review of stakeholder’s roles and responsibilities in providing transportation services, discussion of the elements that deliver services, current and planned ITS projects, and discussion of how we share information regionally about the various services provided.
For more information contact TMACOG Transportation Planner Lisa Householder, 419.241.9155 ext. 124.
TMACOG Transportation Process Certified
Following a certification review by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), TMACOG has received notice that its planning processes have been certified. All metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are subject to review every four years...read more
Surface Transportation Funds Available
Approximately $11 million is available to jurisdictions in Lucas and Wood counties for improvements or repairs to roads and highways. The deadline to apply for the TMACOG-managed Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds is June 3, 2016. Applications will be evaluated and scheduled through the TMACOG Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP).
Projects funded in this round will be scheduled for construction in fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Eligible projects must be on federal-aid-eligible roads and must comply with the regional Complete Streets Policy.
Approximately $2 million of the $11 million will be set aside for Small Projects. Small Projects will be funded a maximum of $400,000 for the federal share (STP). The project construction and construction engineering must be funded at least 50 percent locally.
The application form and instructions are posted under “Features” here on the TMACOG home page. Applications must include budget information and a realistic timeline. The posted materials show the scoring criteria that will be used to weigh the applications and the Complete Streets checklist. Jurisdictions can submit any number of projects. Each jurisdiction can be awarded up to three Small Projects: two during the active TIP and one in the pipeline.
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