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FEATURE
Transportation Summit

Water Quality
New Director

Clear Choices Clean Water

Lake Erie Farm Forum

Construction Permit

Transportation
Bike Month

Toledo Bike Sharing

Electric Charging Stations

Calendar
Web



FEATURES

Safety is Focus of Transportation Summit


The Toledo Region Transportation Summit 2018
Connecting Partners, Sharing Information, and Coordinating Efforts in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

What’s it Take to Make it Safe?

The annual Toledo Region Transportation Summit will catch you up on construction plans for the region and take a close look at road safety: distracted driving, local and statewide safety initiatives, and safely incorporating bicycles and pedestrians...read more


Water Quality
Director of Water Quality Planning

Kari Gerwin, who has been part of the staff at TMACOG since 2012, has been promoted to the position of director of the Water Quality Planning department after a broad search. She assumed her new job February 1, 2018 following the retirement of Kurt Erichsen....read more



Clear Choices Clean Water - Winter Tips



When the weather is icy and the rivers and lakes are frozen, you might think there’s not much you can do to protect water quality. But go to Clear Choices, Clean Water and see what you can do every day. This page shows practical steps that a family or household can do to make a difference. Take a pledge and follow through. The focus for March is native plants.

Plan your garden. It’s a perfect time to select pollinators and native plants for spring planting. Native plants have deep roots that can tolerate flood and drought. Pollinators provide a meal for bees and butterflies. Other steps you can take:

Pick up after your dog. Animal waste can wash into storm sewers where it will end up in nearby streams. Either bag and dispose of waste in a trash can or flush it. Waste left on the icy ground or in the snow will wash nutrients and bacteria into waterways. Take care of it when it happens.

Adopt a storm drain. Prevent flooding and keep trash out of the stormwater system by watching over a storm drain. Keep leaves out of the drain, dig a pathway through ice to let snow melt reach it, and make sure neighbors know that drains are only for rain (and snow melt).

 

 

Lake Erie Farm Forum



Several TMACOG members and partners have put together the third Lake Erie Farm Forum, which will be presented Tuesday, March 20 starting at 10 a.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. The program includes scientists and local farmers, all addressing the questions of agricultural practices and the health of Lake Erie.

Dr. Laura Johnson, Heidelberg University: “Agricultural Phosphorus & Lake Erie”
Dr. Lindsay Pease, the Ohio State University: “Edge of Field Studies”
Jessica D’Ambrosio, Nature Conservancy: “4R Certification”
James Hoorman, Natural Resources Conservation Service: “Making Money with Cover Crops”

To register call the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District at 419.898.1595. Other partners in the forum include Soy Ohio, the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Nature Conservancy, and TMACOG.



Public Comment Period for Construction Permit

The Ohio EPA has issued a draft stormwater permit that affects construction activity under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. See the draft language, fact sheet, and public notice here. A new permit will replace the current one which expires April 18.

The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. on April 4, 2018 or you can submit comments at a public hearing on March 28, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ohio EPA in Columbus.

For more information about the new permit, contact Kari Gerwin at 419.241.9155, ext. 1103.





Transportation


Gear Up for Bike Month

Start planning now for Bike Month in May. How will you participate?

May 6 Bike to School Day
Schools hold special events to encourage young students to walk or cycle to school. Cycle with your children...read more



Bike Sharing



A bicycle sharing program planned for downtown Toledo is back on track after a delay.

Funding is through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) withTMACOG-managed funds. Metroparks Toledo is the sponsor and will manage the implementation of the grant. Plans call for a fleet of 100 bikes distributed among 18 stations. There will also be 150 smart technology bike racks...read more


Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles


photo: plugshare.com

“Range anxiety” – worry on the part of a person driving an electric vehicle that the battery will run out before a charging station can be reached – is cited as a reason why some people are reluctant to use electric vehicles as their main transportation. However, there are a significant number of publicly accessible stations available in the TMACOG region from a McDonald’s in Port Clinton, to Northwest State Community College in Archbold.

TMACOG transportation planners are working to identify locations and types of electric vehicle charging stations in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. See the map and the list of locations. This information is preliminary and does not include every station. Planners are looking for resources that will help identify more. If you know of a station not listed here, please contact Marc VonDeylen at 419.241.9155 ext. 1136 with the address and type of charger if known.

Level 1 charging units use household current (120 volt, 20 amp). Level 2 chargers are faster and use 208-240 volt, 40 amp current, the same as a washer or drier. While vehicles and delivery of service differ, in general level 2 charging adds about 25 miles of range per hour (RPH), while level 1 charging only adds about 4 miles of RPH.

 




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Upcoming Events

Toledo Region Transportation Summit
Friday, March 16, 2018 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Premier Banquet Complex,
4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo
Contact: Dave Gedeon, 419.241.9155

ext. 1125


TMACOG Tech:
Ohio 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
ext. 1107


Celebrate TMACOG's 50th Birthday
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Gilda Mitchell, 419.241.9155

ext. 1105

Water/Wastewater Training
Wednesday, May 9, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
Contact: Kris Barnswell, 419.241.9155

ext. 1123