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Message from the President

Water Quality
Now Hiring: Water Quality Engineer

Resources for WQ planners

Belmont-Forest Project

Gas Station Clean up

TIP Report

ITS Architecture

Highway Network Mapped

Member News
Metropark Grand Opening

Report on Summer Caucuses and Forum

September & October 2016

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A Message From the President of TMACOG

Tim W. Brown

As the new president of TMACOG I want to take a minute to thank Tony Reams for his leadership and years of service. Additionally, I want to thank Tony and the dedicated staff at TMACOG for helping me to transition into my new more

TMACOG is Hiring Water Infrastructure Planner/Engineer

TMACOG is accepting applications for a position in the Water Quality department. The water quality program is organized under the Water Quality Council. There are five program committees under the council. The advertised position will coordinate two of those committees; the TMACOG Wastewater and Public Water Supply more

Resources for Water Quality Planners

TMACOG wrapped up a series of grants in August that will provide valuable assets for people responsible for local water quality...
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Belmont-Forest Urban Biocells

Green infrastructure continues to improve stormwater management and add beauty in the central Toledo Junction more


Applications for Gas Station Cleanup

Applications for the second round of competitive funding for the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant are due to the Ohio Development Services Agency by Friday, September 9, 2016. The grant provides funding for local communities to assess and clean up contaminated abandoned gas stations. A minimum of $3.5 million will be available in this round of funding and for the first time, county land banks are eligible to apply.

Grants up to $100,000 for assessment activities and up to $500,000 for cleanup may be awarded through the competitive program. Competitive applications are scored based on the impact the project will have on the environment, community and economy. Non-competitive Fast Track grants are awarded on an on-going basis for projects where the only likely contamination is associated with the underground storage tank location(s).

The application along with the scoring matrix can be found online at

If you have any questions about the program, please contact April Stevens at the Ohio Development Service Agency at (614) 466-4007 or via email at

Michigan does not have a similar grant program. For information on Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) in Michigan, see the Department of Environmental Quality webpage.



TIP Report 2016

Click here to see a spreadsheet detailing transportation improvement projects (roadway projects that were awarded federal funding in Lucas and Wood counties in fiscal year 2016 - July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) more

ITS Architecture Updated

Work on an update to the region’s Intelligent Transportation Sysem (ITS) Architecture is being completed by consultant ConSysTec. The firm will make a presentation at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Transportation Council, Wednesday, September 7 at 3 p.m. in the TMACOG more


TMACOG Area Highway Freight Network

In late 2015, the Federal Highway Administration released a National Highway Freight Network. The network represents the most important highway freight routes in the nation as identified by FHWA. Certain federal funding programs for highway improvements can only be used on routes included in the network. In the TMACOG region there were some obvious omissions in the network including U.S. 24 west of I-475 (Fort to Port bypass) and U.S. 23 in Monroe County. With input from the TMACOG Freight Advisory Committee and others in the freight industry, TMACOG staff created a TMACOG Area Highway Freight Network as an adjunct to the national network. This map shows the routes that freight industry and local planners consider to be the most important.

Using the national network as a base, additional routes were selected based on several factors: average daily truck traffic, the percentage of truck traffic, the network of designated intermodal connectors, the network of designated heavy truck routes, system connectivity, and local freight flow knowledge. The TMACOG network is divided into three categories.
• The primary network includes the interstate system and U.S.    routes with a daily truck volume greater than 3000.
• The secondary network includes routes with fewer than 3000
   daily trucks that meet the other criteria for inclusion.
• The last category includes the NHS intermodal connectors,    routes that are recognized by FHWA as connecting an important    intermodal facility to the national highway system.

TMACOG plans to use the network to help guide our freight planning efforts and also as a suggestion to FHWA on what to include in their next update of the national network.

A map of the TMACOG network is available on the TMACOG website at Included is a spreadsheet with detailed route information. Because freight flow patterns change over time, the network will be updated regularly. Currently, the map focuses on roadways. Railroad, seaport, and airport networks may be added in the future.



Grand Opening of Middlegrounds Metropark

"Meet the Middlegrounds", the grand opening of downtown Toledo’s first Metropark, will be Saturday, September 17 with family activities from noon to 5 p.m. From 5 p.m. to midnight, "Rock the Middlegrounds" will feature live music, with food, beer and wine available for purchase. Admission to the park is free all more

Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Legislators

TMACOG members and partners gathered at Penta Career Center August 4 to meet in caucus sessions with their peer groups and to ask questions of a panel of state elected officials from Ohio and Michigan. The summer caucus is also an opportunity for networking and this year, for members to meet the new TMACOG President, Tim W. Brown who took office at the end of July, more



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Upcoming Events

Clean Your Streams
Sponsored by Partners for Clean Streams
Saturday, September 17 at rivers throughout the region
Register here
Contact: 419.874.0727

Watershed Workshop: Integrating Watershed and Transportation Planning
Sponsored by TMACOG and Tetra Tech
October 13, Location to be announced
Kari Gerwin ext. 103