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Bike Month

Water Quality
TMACOG Tech: Water/Wastewater Training

Clear Choices,
Clean Water

Water Education Expo

Septic System Education

Driverless Cars

Solicitation for CMAQ Projects

Crowd Source Bike Map

Member News
Grant Finder

Ohio Engineering Excellence Award

May & June 2017

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May is Bike Month! Ride Safely

During Bike Month, TMACOG works with partners to sponsor bike rides, provide safety training, and educate cyclists and drivers about laws regarding cycling. TMACOG’s goal is to establish bicycling as a practical commuting option and to incorporate bicycles into street transportation safely and efficiently. more


Training for Water and Wastewater Operators

Water and wastewater operators and professional engineers have until May 5 to register for:

Field Training & Asset Management
For Water and Wastewater Operators and Engineers

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave.
Bowling Green, OH

TMACOG is partnering with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to provide this professional training.

Attendees will earn six contact hours of required Operation and Maintenance/Continuing Professional Development at a convenient location with a TMACOG-member discount rate. Breakfast, lunch and break refreshments will be provided. Take home a flash drive with all presentation/training materials.

Register online here or contact TMACOG Water Quality Planner Kris Barnswell: 419.241.9155 ext. 123.

The registration fee is $40 for TMACOG member communities and $75 for non-TMACOG members.

The program includes presentations on:
• Condition Assessments
• The Value of Water
• Budgeting for Best Maintenance Practices
• GIS: Inventory & Attributes

There will also be a choice of classes that include field practice:
• RCAP Revenue Water Presentation (with field presentation)
• RCAP Condition Assessment Presentation: Manhole & Pipeline   CA Presentation (with field presentation)
• GIS Web Applications

Thank you to Jones & Henry for sponsoring this training session.

Clear Choices, Clean Water: A New Initiative

April 22, Earth Day, was the kickoff day for a new program in northwest Ohio. The program was introduced at a press conference at the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services on April 11. Welcome to The Greater Toledo Lake Erie Chapter of Clear Choices, Clean more

Water Education Expo

Learn more about northwest Ohio rivers and lakes at a water education expo, May 18, noon – 4 p.m. at Conrad Park in Waterville. The program will include speakers and activities organized by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Scenic Rivers Program, the Metroparks of the Toledo Area, Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Waterville Public Works, Rain Garden Initiative, and others. Conrad Park is on Michigan Avenue in Waterville, adjacent to the recently expanded Waterville branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

This event is free but there is a fee for a rain barrel event. That cost is $35.00 (cash or check paid at the event) and pre-registration is required. Contact the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District at 419-377-0065 or

Septic Systems Need Regular Maintenance

There are thousands of home sewage treatment systems in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan and many of them have not been serviced in a while. With the current focus on the state of water quality in Lake Erie, area health departments and other public agencies are asking homeowners with septic systems to make sure that they are maintaining their systems more




Connected and Automated Vehicles

The TMACOG Transportation Summit held March 30 in Toledo included a keynote presentation on the fast-developing technology that is leading to driverless vehicles. more

Solicitation for Transportation Projects

Local governments are invited to apply for transportation funding through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program of the Federal Highway Administration. Applications for the current round are due Friday, June 2, 2017. Between $4.5 million and $13 million is available for use in Lucas and Wood counties with approximately $2 million in funding available in 2020. The rest will be allocated through fiscal year 2023.

For information about the application process, contact TMACOG Transportation Planner Lance Dasher at 419.241.9155 ext. 115.

Bicycles Count. Be Counted!

TMACOG is developing a bicycle user map for Lucas and Wood counties and the southern three townships of Monroe County, Michigan. This map will use new crowd-sourcing technology that will help people plan their routes for travel by bicycle. The resulting map will help riders - from novices to very experienced cyclists - choose routes that are aligned with their level of skill. A version of the map will be printed in a travel-friendly size and it will be available online, too. TMACOG needs your input by May 31.

Help us understand your experiences riding on roadways in the TMACOG region. Whether you ride every day, or just occasionally, whether you ride to work or school, for exercise or for fun, TMACOG wants to hear from you! To provide your comments click this LINK. Begin by selecting “Proceed as Guest” and then follow the prompts to map as many routes as you like.

If you’d prefer to draw your routes and provide comments on a paper map instead, just drop into any area bicycle shop to get a paper copy. Or call 419.241.9155, ext. 119, or email Christine Connell to request a copy.



Grant Finding Help

The Ohio Municipal League has announced a new partnership with Efficientgov and their grant research database: GrantFinder. The GrantFinder research system tracks more than 7,400 grants that local governments are eligible for. The service offers valuable benefits to local governments:
Save and track grants and export them to GrantTracker
Set up weekly email alerts for grant searches
Track grant deadlines
Filter grant search 10 different ways


Congratulations Mannik & Smith Group

The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) received the Outstanding Small Project award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio for the Road 17C Bridge over the Miami and Erie Canal project. Designed for the Office of the Henry County Engineer, the MSG design team incorporated the historical importance of the canal system into the design of the bridge, designed the structure to be installed using Accelerated Bridge Construction, and addressed complex hydraulic considerations on the project.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio (ACEC Ohio) recognized 29 projects as part of their 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The annual competition brings well-deserved public recognition to Ohio's engineering industry by spotlighting engineering projects that demonstrate a high degree of uniqueness, ingenuity, and value.



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Upcoming Events

Bike Month
Locations and dates throughout the region in May
. Contact : Lance Dasher , 419.241.9155 ext. 115

TMACOG Tech: Field Training & Asset Management for Water and Wastewater Operators and Engineers
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave. Bowling Green, OH
Contact: Kris Barnswell, 419.241.9155 ext. 123

Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Penta Career Center, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 123