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Freight Committee Tour

Complete Streets Judged Highly

Gas Cap Report

Water Quality
Student Watershed Watch

Professional Training

Rain Gardens Update



Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
at La-Z-Boy Center, Monroe County Community College more

TMACOG Nominations Invited

Fifty years ago, the very first TMACOG leaders were nominated and elected to serve. In 2018, members are invited to continue this record of regional influence by serving on a council or committee where their talents and interests will be of most influence.

Nominations for councils, committees, board of trustees, and leadership are now being accepted. Active member participation ensures that TMACOG remains focused on issues that are important for the quality of life in our region. Final committee assignments and election of TMACOG leadership takes place at the General Assembly in January.

Click here to review a complete list of committees and councils on which you may serve. Anyone may serve on a council or committee and TMACOG needs people with a variety of skills and interests.

Please indicate your willingness to actively participate in TMACOG by simply completing and returning the committee participation form no later than Friday, December 1, 2017.

If you have questions about participation on councils or committees, please contact TMACOG President Tim W. Brown, 419.241.9155.

Freight Committee Tour:
Aviation Trainees in Demand

A unique career center at Toledo Public Schools is graduating students who can walk directly into high-paying transportation jobs in the military or in industry, and who can choose from jobs around the world. In many cases, the three-year TPS Aviation Center graduates students with a high school degree, a two-year college associate’s degree, and two FAA licenses. And it’s all more

Complete Streets Policy

TMACOG’s Complete Streets Policy scored 88 out of a possible 100 in the newest report of the National Complete Streets Coalition which looks at all such policies in the U.S. That ranks it among the very best programs in the country and is the second highest score among regional metropolitan planning organization (MPO) policies. TMACOG is the MPO for Lucas and Wood counties. Complete Streets Policies describe streets that are accessible and safe for people of all ages, mobility, and modes of transportation. Policies are evaluated based on ten ideal elements which include performance measures and design criteria.

TMACOG completed its policy in 2014. It is now part of planning programs including the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP). Projects submitted to the TIP committee for TMACOG-managed funding must include a completed Complete Streets checklist that indicates that the project sponsor has ensured that all users have been considered. Additionally, points are awarded to project sponsors that have their own Complete Streets policy.

The TMACOG Complete Streets Policy and implementation Toolkit are posted on this webpage of the TMACOG website.

Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Report

One driver who got in line to have his gas cap inspected was eager to participate in the 2017 Gas Cap Testing and Replacement program. He was well aware that he had a wad of rags where a gas cap should be. He knew that he was polluting the air, not to mention wasting lots of gasoline and creating a fire hazard. He left with a new, free, gas cap more


Student Watershed Watch & Student Summit

On testing days in early October, more than 500 students from 17 schools spread out to area waterways in the first part of the Student Watershed Watch (SWW) program. In 2016, about 330 students participated. “Teachers are telling us that the algae problems in Lake Erie have created urgency in water quality studies,” said TMACOG Water Quality Planner Kari more

TMACOG Training Certified

TMACOG was recently certified as an Approved Training Provider by the Ohio EPA. Meetings of the Public Water Supply and Wastewater committees will be able to include training opportunities and official contact hours for operators at those facilities and professional development credits for professional engineers. These training opportunities will be available at no cost for TMACOG members. In addition, TMACOG provides an annual training event for all water/wastewater operators and professional engineers at a reduced cost for TMACOG members.

Committee meetings are posted on the TMACOG calendar here. For questions about training opportunities, contact TMACOG Water Quality Planner Kris Barnswell at 419.241.9155.

Stormwater Management in Central Toledo

Elected officials, neighbors, and interested citizens joined a bus tour of the Junction Avenue neighborhood September 29. They saw “blooms on Blum,” part of a greening plan on Blum street, heard about plans for a possible new City of Toledo park at Junction and Nebraska, and learned about a large sewer replacement program on Tecumseh and nearby more

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Upcoming Events

Student Watershed Watch – Student Summit
Friday, November 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
University of Toledo, Scott Park Campus
Contact Kari Gerwin, 419.241.9155

Nutrient Bus Tour
Hosted by the region’s Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Tuesday, November 14, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet at 1387 SR 590 in Gibsonburg
Contact Shelli Stockmeister for details

TMACOG Tech: Michigan and Ohio's Agricultural Actions for Clean Water in the Western Lake Erie Basin
Wednesday, November 15,
12:30 - 4 p.m.
Monroe Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd.
Monroe, MI
Contact: Joy Minarcin, 419.241.9155

TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 29, 2018 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155

Sunshine Laws Certification Training

Friday, April 6, 2018 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Owens Community College, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155