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Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers

Safety Locations Report

Transportation Alternatives

Ohio Conference on Freight

Teacher Training

Ohio Nutrient Reduction Plan

August & September 2016

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Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers

TMACOG members and interested people in the region are invited to attend the 2016 Summer Caucuses Thursday, August 4 at the Penta Career Center in Perrysburg for an opportunity to hear from and talk to a large panel of elected officials and to also hear from and talk to TMACOG’s new president, Tim W. Brown.

The business program begins at 9 a.m. with separate caucus sessions for counties, cities, villages, townships, school districts & colleges/universities, special districts & authorities, and non-governmental members. The Forum with State Lawmakers follows, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Tim Brown will open the forum portion of the program. He said, "I am looking forward to meeting TMACOG's members and renewing many old acquaintances at our summer session. The caucuses are valuable learning opportunities, and we will be able to discuss legislative priorities with our panel of elected officials from Ohio and Michigan who will be with us."

There is no fee to attend but please register. Contact Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155, ext. 107 by Friday, July 29. If you have topics or questions for state lawmakers, you can share them when you register.

Legislators confirmed for the forum:
• Sen. Edna Brown – 11th District, Ohio
• Sen. Cliff Hite – 1st District, Ohio
• Sen. Randy Gardner – 2nd District, Ohio
• Rep. Steve Arndt – 89th District, Ohio
• Rep. Bill LaVoy – 17th District, Michigan
• Rep. Bill Reineke – 88th District, Ohio
• Rep. Mike Sheehy – 46th District, Ohio
• Rep. Jason Sheppard – 56th District, Michigan

Thank you to Penta Career Center and Republic Services for support of the Summer Caucuses and Legislators Forum.


Safety Locations Report Released

Drivers under age 26 are the most dangerous drivers in Lucas and Wood counties. More accidents occur on Fridays in Lucas and Wood counties but on Thursdays in southern Monroe County. In all counties, the highest rate of accidents is between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. These factoids are parts of a new report but the primary focus of TMACOG’s newly updated Safety Locations Report is the intersections and roadway sections that have the most accidents. Data was collected for the TMACOG planning area which includes Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and the three southern townships of Monroe County, Michigan. The study covers those roadways that are federal-aid-eligible routes which includes major streets and highways but not interstates.

The new 150-page report is based on data from 2012-2014. Local governments are encouraged to use the information for local planning and as a tool in grant applications. The complete report is posted here. It can be printed in sections or in its entirety. The top 50 intersection locations and top 50 roadway segment locations are listed in the summary, on pages xvi and xvii.

Accepting Applications for Transportation Alternatives Projects

TMACOG is accepting applications for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects through August 12, 2016. There is approximately $785,000 available for Lucas and Wood counties. Applications are for projects to be funded as soon as State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018 more

The 2016 Ohio Conference on Freight: Conference Co-hosts

You have until August 10 to register for the 2016 Ohio Conference on Freight to be held August 22-24 in Cleveland. The robust program looks at all modes of freight movement and the logistics industry that pulls all the modes into an efficient more


Teachers Train to Measure Water Quality

Hundreds of teachers in northwest Ohio include water quality education in their classrooms. At two July workshops, TMACOG joined with regional partners to train teachers on techniques and share lesson plans to more effectively impact more

Phosphorus Reduction Plans

In 2015, the states of Ohio and Michigan and the Province of Ontario agreed on a goal of a 40 percent phosphorus reduction to protect Lake Erie under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The State of Ohio has now issued their implementation plan to meet these goals. The draft plan is posted on the Ohio EPA website here. The Ohio EPA will be incorporating comments from regional agencies in a final draft including comments provided by TMACOG’s Water Quality Council.

The Ohio plan focuses on the western basin watersheds of the Maumee, Portage and Toussaint rivers. The goal of the plan is to achieve a 40 percent total load reduction in the amount of total and dissolved reactive phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin by the year 2025 with an aspirational goal of a 20 percent reduction by 2020. The plan uses 2008 as the base year because that was considered a typical year – with no drought and without an unusually large algae bloom.



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Upcoming Events

Summer Caucuses and Legislators Forum
Thursday, August 4, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Location: Penta Career Center, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen ext. 107

Ohio Conference on Freight
August 22-24, at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Christine Connell ext. 119