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Boat Tour of Maumee River

Water Quality
Health Department Ride Along

Farmer Feature-Fulton County

Student Watershed Watch

Passenger Rail Forum

Gas Cap Report

Bike Share

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Member News
Hazard Planning

TMACOG Tech: Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings


Boat Tour of Maumee River at Lake Erie

On September 17, TMACOG was host to a group of 47 including legislators and water quality planners from around the state of Ohio for a boat tour on the Maumee River from downtown Toledo to Maumee Bay in Lake more

Water Quality
What if There is no Sanitary Sewer?

By Kris Barnswell, TMACOG Water Quality Planner

Like many of us, I have lived in areas where sanitary sewers are available and never have given much thought where the water goes after flushing a toilet, taking a shower, or washing dirty clothes. All the wastewater generated in my house goes to a sanitary sewer which ultimately flows into a publicly owned wastewater treatment more


Grower Encourages Biodiversity

One in a series of articles looking at the business of agriculture in northwest Ohio.

Scientists have determined that agriculture is the source of more than 80 percent of the phosphorus that reaches Lake Erie and contributes to harmful algal blooms. This series shows how area farmers make choices during the year to both grow a profitable crop and protect the environment that is their livelihood.

Les Seiler and his brother Jerry farm 1,500-1,600 acres in Fulton County near the Village of Fayette. They are in the Tiffin River watershed which drains to the Maumee River. more

Student Watershed Watch

School is back in session and that means hundreds of junior
high and high school students are getting into area waterways, counting minnows and testing water for the Student Watershed Watch. The SWW is a two-part program that has been active in northwest Ohio since 1989. In the 2018 program, about 860 students from 22 schools have registered to participate, nearly twice as many students as last more

Passenger Rail Forum

The 2018 Passenger Rail Forum and Luncheon will be held Monday, October 15 at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. The event is 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This year’s speaker is Alexander Metcalf, PhD, president of Transportation Economics & Management Systems, Inc. (TEMS). He will share information about the the Northern Michigan Passenger Rail Feasibility Study on Traverse City to Ann Arbor Corridor Study (A2TC).

Dr. Metcalf is an internationally renowned expert in demand forecasting, transportation modeling and systems development. Dr. Metcalf was chief economist with British Rail, lead economist on the Mainline Electrification Study (150 mph), and Channel Tunnel (185 mph). He was responsible for the planning for the rail/airport connection studies for Heathrow, Stansted Airport and Gatwick Terminal 2 projects. His recent studies include Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study, Cascadia High Speed Rail Study, Hiawatha Service Freight Capacity Study, and the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Lima Business Plan, in addition to the Traverse City to Ann Arbor Corridor Study.

Registration is here. The cost is $30 for NOPRA and TMACOG members, $35 non-members, and $20 students.

Gas Cap testing and Replacement

The summer-long program to help motorists identify and replace leaky gas caps showed a slight increase in the number of problem gas caps this year. In 431 vacuum tests of gas cap seals, 60 failed for a failure rate of nearly 14 percent. The rate in 2017 was 9 percent, in 2016, 11.7 percent, and in 2015, 11 more

New Bike Share Program Taking Shape

A bike sharing system for downtown Toledo has established a name – Tolego – and a logo, and the custom bikes will arrive soon. Jamie Christain, the Toledo representative of Gotcha Bikes which is managing the system, made a presentation to the TMACOG Pedestrian & Bikeways Committee September more


Required Meeting - Application for Transportation Services

Non-profit organizations, governments, and transit agencies interested in applying for funds to help purchase handicap accessible vans or other transportation services are asked to attend a mandatory, informational session on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held at more


Member News

Government Participation for Hazard Plan

Lucas County is in the process of updating the mandated hazard mitigation plan for the county. The Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) requires participation from every jurisdiction in the county - eleven townships, six villages, and five cities – to complete an effective plan. Representatives of each jurisdiction are asked to complete an online survey: by October 22, 2018.

The survey asks for a list of potential hazards recognized by each jurisdiction (flood, snowstorm, or hazardous chemical release, for example), reasons for the concerns, how this concern has been addressed to date, what else could or should be done, and what help would be needed to implement those actions.

For assistance, contact Matt Krause with Lucas County EMA, or Amy Heimberger Lopez with JH Consulting. See a flier and worksheet here.

Upcoming TMACOG Tech

There is no fee to attend this training session on parliamentary procedure but registration is required by October 5. Register online here.

Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings
Wednesday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo

Gain confidence in meeting management. Instructor Bob Bethel of The Employers’ Association will demonstrate tools to help you conduct meetings fairly and in an orderly manner. The program will cover parliamentary procedure and Roberts Rules of Order and provide tips for managing controversial topics.

People requesting special accommodations are invited to contact Jennifer Allen 419.241.9155, ext. 1107.

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Upcoming Events

Tools and Rules for Managing Meetings

Date and location: Wednesday, October 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155
ext. 1107

Passenger Rail Forum
Monday, October 15, 11 a.m-1 p.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
Roger Streiffert, 419.241.9155, ext. 1122

Student Watershed Watch-Student Summit
Friday, November 9, 8;30 a.m-1 p.m.
Scott park Campus, University of Toledo
Sara Guiher, 419.241.9155, ext. 1122

2019 TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 28, 2019 – 8 a.m-1:15 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, Perrysburg
Contact: Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155, ext. 1107

TMACOG Tech: Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training
Friday, April 5, 2019 – 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Owens Community College Veterans Hall, Perrysburg
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155, ext. 1107