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Gas Cap report

STP Block Grants

Public Transit Forum

Passenger Rail Forum

Water Quality
WQC: Report

Belmont/Forest Project

Great Lakes Restoration Conference

Lake Erie Conference

Member News
It Matters Where You Make It

Middlegrounds Metropark Opens

October & November 2016

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Agriculture: Economy & Ecology

Learn how modern agriculture is addressing the challenges facing Lake Erie. Hear from farmers who have a vested interest in the health of the soil and water. Presentations will cover the economic impact of agriculture in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, and myth vs. reality when it comes to what urban dwellers believe about the business of farming. Speakers will also talk about water control tools and the challenges of tracing the movement of dissolved reactive phosphorus.

Agriculture: Economy & Ecology
Thursday, November 17, 1-4 p.m.
Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg

There is no charge to attend but please contact TMACOG to register: Joy Minarcin, 419.241.9155 ext. 128.

Thank you to First Energy for sponsorship of this TMACOG Tech session.

Persons requesting special accommodations due to limited English proficiency, disabilities of language, mobility, or other handicap are invited to contact TMACOG Accessibility Coordinator Jennifer Allen ( or 419.241.9155, ext. 107


2016 Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program - Summary Report

The Gas Cap Testing and Replacement program has operated in northwest Ohio since 2000 and since 2008, TMACOG has partnered with the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services for the summer outreach effort. This program invites drivers to bring passenger cars and light trucks to testing sites where staffers perform a quick vacuum test of the gas more

Surface Transportation Block Grant Projects Scored

The Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) and the Transportation Council have approved the scoring and ranking of this year’s round of Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) more

Public Transit Forum Addresses Mobility

ODOT Transit Administrator Chuck Dyer is one of the state and regional officials who will be featured panelists at a day-long forum on public transit organized by the Community Advocates for Transportation Rights (CATR).

“You’ll Move Better in Greater Toledo: Building a Transportation Network for All” will be held Friday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, 1225 Broadway in Toledo. There is no charge to attend the forum but registration is required. Registration, more information, and the complete agenda are at The organizers have planned a community event that will bring together transit planning leaders, transit providers, and their communities to discuss the transit system as it currently operates in our region. Their goal is to explore strategies to strengthen this vital transportation network.

The forum will consist of two panels, time for Q & A, networking, and a planning session looking forward. The morning panel will look at the current public transit operations. Panelists will include representatives from TARTA, Lucas County Commissioners office, Disability Rights Ohio, and the Ability Center of Greater Toledo. Following a complimentary lunch, the afternoon panel will also include Chuck Dyer of ODOT, TMACOG Vice President of Transportation David Gedeon, and Shelley Papenfuse of CATR.

For questions or for accessibility accommodations, contact Shelley Papenfuse at 419.509.0814.



Passenger Rail Forum

In Florida, a group of investors are creating the first privately financed intercity passenger rail line in 100 years. Eugene "Gene" Skoropowski, a senior vice president of railroad operations for Brightline, will talk about this ambitious project at the annual Passenger Rail Forum and luncheon Monday, October 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Toledo Club in downtown Toledo. This event is sponsored by TMACOG and the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA). Register here.

Initial plans call for fast, modern trains to connect Miami to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach by 2017. Station construction is well underway and trains are being tested. Phase two calls for the line to extend to Orlando. Investors say that the Orlando to Miami trip will be only three hours. Skoropowski’s presentation will describe how the whole project is coming together, what options it brings to Florida travelers, and explore how the concept can be applied to other rail corridors.


Water Quality Council Special Presentations

The September 8 meeting of the TMACOG Water Quality Council was moved to the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza to accommodate attendees on hand to hear two special more

Progress on Biocells

A project to create two large biocells in the Junction Avenue neighborhood of Toledo is moving ahead with the goal of completion before cold weather arrives. The cells are at the intersection of Belmont and Forest and are part of a larger neighborhood plan to incorporate green infrastructure in neighborhood development plans.

The grading is complete on the biocells and the slopes have been stabilized with hydroseed (low-mow mix). A home near the cells has been included in the planning area with steps to manage roof runoff and re-direct stormwater in a nearby alley. The project team and the local community will finalize landscaping choices and establish a maintenance plan.

Large biocell in the Junction Avenue neighborhood under construction. Biocells are not ponds. During periods of heavy rain they may hold water for up to 24 hours. They are designed to allow stormwater to drain slowly through engineered soils. The cells will be planted with ornamental and native species that can tolerate drought and flood.


Great Lakes Restoration Conference

The 12th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference, hosted by the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, was September 20-22 at the Cedar Point Breakers Hotel in Sandusky.

The extensive program brought in speakers from private business, elected office, academic research, and advocacy. Presentations addressed pipelines, the role of agriculture in harmful algal blooms, case studies in habitat restoration, and many more topics.

Carol Contrada, chair of the TMACOG Water Quality Council and Lucas County commissioner, moderated a panel: “Sharing Chesapeake lessons with the Great Lakes.” Alicia Smith, who has coordinated with TMACOG on green infrastructure planning in the Junction Avenue neighborhood, was recognized at the conference for her work.

Commissioner Contrada (at the podium) moderated one panel.

Alicia Smith, center, worked to include green infrastructure
in the Junction Avenue neighborhood beautification plans.

Lake Erie Watershed Conference

Elected officials, water quality professionals, and concerned citizens are invited to attend the second annual Rotary Lake Erie Watershed Conference. The full-day program will be held Friday, October 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SeaGate Convention more


Toledo: It Matters Where You Make It.

Several people in the TMACOG non-governmental member caucus held in August talked about the value of a regional branding campaign for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Representatives of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) directed members’ attention to an existing comprehensive project. Following is information from TRCC’s Toledo Region Talent Attraction more


Middlegrounds Metropark Models Stormwater and Transportation Projects

Middlegrounds Metropark, the newest park in the Metroparks of the Toledo Area system, was opened to the public Saturday, September more



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Upcoming Events

Public Transit Forum
Friday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Cenetr,
Contact Shelley Papenfuse of Community Advocates for Transportation Rights (CATR) at 419.509.0814

Passenger Rail Forum
Monday, October 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rebekka Apardian, 419.241.9155 ext. 117

Agriculture: Economy & Ecology

Thursday, November 17, 1 - 4 p.m.
Contact:, Kurt Erichsen, 419.241.9155 ext. 126

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 30, 2017
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jennifer Allen , 419.241.9155 ext. 117