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Census Workshop

Gohio Commute

Ozone Action

2017 Constuction Maps

Bike Month

Water Quality
Portage River GLRI


208 Plan Update

Member News
Renovated Fremont Water Plant

New Members

June & July 2017

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Census Update Workshop

Local governments–counties, cities, villages, and townships – are encouraged to attend a June 29 workshop at TMACOG to prepare for the 2020 Census. The workshop is the opportunity for local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list prior to the next Census. Complete and accurate information is important. TMACOG Vice President of Water Quality Kurt Erichsen said, “Many state and federal programs are based on local population counts. This workshop is every municipality’s opportunity to ensure that its residents are correctly and completely represented.”

Participants in the workshop will also learn about GIS tools and other assets that may be available to local governments through the Census Bureau.

The Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) Workshop is Thursday, June 29, 8:30 a.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. The workshop is free but please contact Jennifer Allen to register: 419.241.9155 ext. 107. More information about the LUCA program is here.


Gohio Commute - New Smart Commuting Choices

People who bike or carpool to work have a new resource – and one that rewards them for choosing to travel smarter. Seven Metropolitan Planning Organizations that coordinate transportation planning in their parts of Ohio joined forces and are customizing a new service for people who carpool, walk, bicycle, use transit –even telecommute (work at home) – or otherwise actively reduce their carbon footprint. It’s called Gohio and the service is up and more


In northwest Ohio, Ozone Action Season is May through September. During these months, the chances for ozone (or smog) rising to dangerous levels are the highest. While our warmest days are in July and August, ozone tends to be highest in June when the days are longest. The City of Toledo monitors the air quality sensors and makes regular forecasts of ozone levels during Ozone Action more


Highway Maps

TMACOG staff have recently updated and posted new construction maps. The new information shows current and future highway projects in Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and the three southern townships of Monroe County, Michigan. See the individual projects on the map here. Numbered projects in red are 2017 projects. The blue projects are planned for 2018 and later. Refer to the descriptions to see the timing and cost of the project as well as details about the type of work to be done.

Bike Month was on a Roll

Bikes at schools, bikes at the farmer’s market, lots and lots of bikes on the Ride of Silence. Bike Month was lucky with the weather and lots of people got out to explore on more


Farmers Adapt Technology to Protect Water Quality

Farmers and scientists throughout the Great Lakes region have been working in partnership to grow vegetables and row crops with the right fertilizer, at the right time, at the right rate, and in the right more

Clean Ohio Funds New Metropark

The Metroparks of the Toledo Area is the sole beneficiary of the most recent round of Clean Ohio grants to preserve open space in Lucas County. The Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC), which evaluates Clean Ohio applications, recommended that the Metroparks be granted $1,898,471 for “East Riverfront Restoration – Phase 1.” The entire restoration is envisioned as three phases. The Metroparks is providing a local match of $740, more

208 Plan-2017 Update

TMACOG and its partners have completed an update to the region’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan, called the 208 Plan from that section of the Clean Water Act. A summary of the changes is posted on here. The plan was approved by the Water Quality Council at its May 17 meeting. It will be voted on by the TMACOG Board of Trustees at its regular meeting June 21. If it is approved by TMACOG, the plan will be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Ohio EPA for certification. Then the regional plan would become part of the states' Water Quality Management Plans.

The 208 Plan is a major TMACOG policy document created by members working in close cooperation. The plan outlines our region’s consensus for managing wastewater and wastewater infrastructure as well as best management practices for urban stormwater, agricultural runoff, and septic system management. There are 48 Facility Planning Areas in the 208 Plan region which is Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio, and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships in Monroe County, Michigan. These Facility Planning Areas cooperate to maintain the 208 Plan, demonstrating how local governments play a key role in achieving clean water. Through the everyday business of sewage treatment and wastewater management, regional governments have sustained an efficient and cost-effective system that creates clean water and protects public health.


Fremont Water Reclamation Plant

Faced with a deteriorating water treatment plant and a system of combined sewers–both looming problems for the City of Fremont–the city planners had some big money decisions to more.

Welcome Two New TMACOG Members

Sandusky County
Sandusky County Commissioners Charles Schwochow,
Kay Reiter, and Scott Miller received their TMACOG
membership plaque at a meeting of the Water Quality
Council held in Fremont

Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission
Randy Cole, Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission, accepted a plaque recognizing
the commision’s new TMACOG membership at the May 17
meeting of the Executive Committee. Mr. Cole made a
presentation about tolling changes as part of the program of
that meeting.
From left, Doris Herringshaw, Wood County Commissioner and Vice President of TMACOG. Randy Cole, Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission. Craig Stough, Mayor of the City of Sylvania and Chair of TMACOG. Tim W. Brown, President of TMACOG.

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Upcoming Events

Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) Workshop
Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155 ext. 107

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