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FEATURE
Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers

Transportation
New Construction Map

Gas Cap Testing

20 Years and Counting

Transportation Interns

Water Quality
Nutrient Inventory

WQ Associate

NRAC Award

Clear Choices Clean Water

Member News

Calendar
Web



Features

Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers

There is important state and federal legislation being considered this year including the federal farm bill, state and federal legislation affecting Lake Erie and the environment, local government allocations, and other topics that TMACOG members have expressed concern about. Members are encouraged to prepare for and attend the TMACOG Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers to directly address legislators from Ohio and Michigan...read more



Transportation

Update to Construction Maps


There is a great deal of construction underway in 2018 and planned for 2019 including completion of some multi-year projects. Click on the links to see the comprehensive map and list of details. Multi-year projects that are scheduled to be completed in 2018 include highway access and roundabouts in the Overland Industrial Park area, the I-475 / I-75 split in west Toledo, and Bancroft Street improvements at Secor Road near the University of Toledo.

Downtown Toledo and the Amtrak Station area will be particularly affected by a sequence of lane and bridge closures this year and in 2019. See a detailed map of downtown Toledo here. This map will be updated as projects are completed or new ones started.







Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program

Every year the staff of the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services and TMACOG partner to improve air quality by finding and replacing leaky gas caps. People with leaky – or missing – gas caps could be wasting as much as two tanks of gas per year. And they are definitely adding volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the atmosphere that contribute to the production of ozone...read more




One Score


David Gedeon, AICP,
Vice President Transportation.


Congratulations and thank you to David Gedeon, AICP, vice president of Transportation at TMACOG. Dave is celebrating
his 20th year with the agency. He has been leading the transportation department since 2014. “We have a great team of professionals who make my job enjoyable,” he said. “The work we’re able to do to improve transportation throughout the region makes my job very rewarding. I’d like to extend a personal thank you to the hard-working TMACOG members who staff our many councils and committees.”




Summer Interns Bring a Lot of Experience


Every summer TMACOG hires two interns to collect traffic counts to keep the data sets as current as possible. This year’s pair are both post-grads in geography and planning looking for full-time jobs in their fields...read more





Water Quality

Valuable New Planning Document

TMACOG’s Water Quality Planning department is making final alternations to a valuable report for the communities of the western Lake Erie basin. The Nutrient Source Inventory of Septic Systems and Package Plants maps household sewage treatment systems and small semi-public systems (package plants) in 19 Ohio counties. It is an analysis of nutrient loads in unsewered areas and complements the work completed by Ohio EPA in their Mass Balance Studies of 2016 and 2018....read more




Job Opening:
Part-Time Water Quality Associate



TMACOG is looking for a person with interest in and experience with environmental sciences to fill a temporary position assisting the Student Watershed Watch and other TMACOG water quality programs and projects. The associate will work an average of 16-20 hours per week from summer 2018 through June 2019. The primary duties are to support students and teachers at in-stream water quality testing events, help organize a student conference and teacher training, maintain social media, and compile water quality data into spreadsheets and maps.

See the complete description and requirements here. Please send resumes to Kari Gerwin at gerwin@tmacog.org. The position is open until filled.



Clean Ohio Funds Return $1.2 Million to Lucas County


The most current round of Clean Ohio Fund grants for the preservation of open spaces was awarded to Metroparks Toledo for phase two of the Toledo East Riverfront project (formerly the Marina District)...read more



Pick up After That Dog

The average dog excretes 274 pounds of waste per year, about three-fourths of a pound a day. The best way to dispose of it is to flush it just like other sanitary waste. You don’t want to leave it around the yard where bacteria and nutrients wash into storm drains during rain events. A day’s waste can add 7.82 billion fecal coliform bacteria to stormwater that remains untreated. The EPA estimates that two days of dog waste from about 100 dogs would contribute enough pollution to close a beach and all watershed areas within 20 miles of that beach.

Find these facts and much more information on the Toledo Lake Erie Clear Choices Clean Water web pages here. Join other volunteers to take a pledge to pick up after your dog, to choose native plants, and to be careful with lawn fertilizer.



Member News

Thank You for your Membership
TMACOG is pleased to announce that 94% of members renewed their participation in fiscal year 2017 (July, 2017 – June, 2018). Several new members joined or returned:
AAA Northwest Ohio Region/AAA Club Alliance
Columbia Gas of Ohio (returned)
Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo, Inc. (returned)
The Maritime Academy of Toledo
We Are Traffic

And Thank You for the Recognition



In TMACOG’s 50th year, many of our members and partners honored us with commendations and proclamations. They have a new home in the TMACOG Boardroom. Thank you.

Congratulations Metroparks Toledo
At their annual leadership conference and annual meeting, the Employers’ Association announced that Metroparks Toledo is the recipient of their 2018 Outstanding Member Award.





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Upcoming Events

OARC Gubernatorial Candidates Forum
Tuesday, July 10,
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hilton Columbus,
401 High Street, Columbus
Contact: Kevin Futryk 614.221.7157


Summer Caucuses and Forum with State Lawmakers
Wednesday, August 1, 8 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Penta Career Center,
9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155
ext. 1107


TMACOG Tech:
Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings

Date and location: TBD
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155
ext. 1107