Table of

General Assembly

Water Quality
Cost to Treat Drinking Water

Student Summit

Agenda for Lake Erie

Congestion Management

Rail Study

Diverging Diamond

Member News
Welcome New Members


TMACOG General Assembly

2019 TMACOG General Assembly
Monday, January 28, 2019, 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg

Get on board now for the 2019 General Assembly.

At this year’s assembly, members will get a better understanding of Lake Erie’s role in travel, tourism, and economic development in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Roller coasters, fishing boats, and migrating birds bring thousands of visitors who buy fishing licenses, binoculars, and services more



Water Quality
Paying the Cost for a Drink of Water

Harmful algal blooms have a financial impact on the fishing industry and on tourism in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, but there is also a large cost to municipalities operating water treatment plants. Testing for microcystin, treating the water with chemicals, and investing in data collectors are major expenses for cities.

In the City of Toledo, the director of public utilities provided these estimates to date:

Approximately $800,000 per year in additional chemicals to treat algae
$5.7 million in chemical feed infrastructure upgrades
$400,000 for buoy system to provide early warnings of microcystin
$172,000 in testing equipment/reagents

The City of Toledo’s plans for the future include an ozone treatment facility ($53 million in year 2020), and biologically active filters ($19 million in 2022).

The City of Oregon has made the following investments:

Upgrades to chemical feed equipment and biological active filtration, and $15 million for an ozone treatment system. Ozone systems are expensive to install and require specialized knowledge to operate but are more effective than chlorine when it comes to disinfection. Another advantage of ozone is that it does not add chemicals to the water and has a short reaction time.

Bacteria, viruses, metals, and other material will always be present in surface water. Current efforts to supply abundant safe drinking water include water treatment, and also proactive measures to keep pollutants out of the water in the first place, including reducing nutrients such as phosphorus which feed algal blooms.


Student Watershed Watch-Student Summit

The Student Watershed Watch Summit was held Friday, November 9 at the Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo. About 130 students participated. This was the second part of the Student Watershed Watch. In the first part, nearly 1000 students performed field tests on area waterways and charted their findings. At the Summit, schools sent their teams to the stage to present their findings and to make conclusions about the state of the water more

For more than 18 months, members of TMACOG’s Water Quality Council and committees have been working on a comprehensive policy document addressing Lake Erie. That document, the Agenda for Lake Erie, is now complete and will be voted on by the Board of Trustees at their December 12 meeting held at the TMACOG offices. See the complete Agenda more

Congestion Management Process

TMACOG analyzes traffic congestion and its causes on a regular basis. Traffic that flows smoothly is safer, saves gasoline, and reduces air pollution. In general, traffic in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan is much less prone to traffic jams than other parts of the country. However, there are significant bottlenecks that can be improved. In the TMACOG region, the greatest delays in terms of time and money occur on arterial and collector highways as opposed to freeways and expressways. In terms of travel speeds and travel times, the freeways in the TMACOG region are experiencing congestion only for a couple hours of the day. The regional transportation system moves rather efficiently and is reliable.

See the draft Congestion Management Process report here. Maps and charts show where and when traffic tie-ups are most likely in our region. A summary describes capacity-building steps, possible sources of funding, and implications for TMACOG’s long range and short range transportation plans.

When commuters in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan travel to work, more than 85 percent drive a car and drive alone. This is above state and national averages. The Congestion Management Process (CMP) provides information on how to reduce that percentage as a primary attack on congestion. If the number of people driving alone can be reduced, then the congestion levels will be reduced.

The first step to reduce congestion is for commuters to use alternative modes: carpooling, public transit, or cycling. When commuters are carpooling and roadways are still experiencing delays, engineering measures to alleviate the congestion are appropriate. Most solutions in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan will involve improvements to public transportation system, improved ridesharing and multimodal transportation options, and other non-construction changes to reduce vehicle miles traveled thereby increasing the capacity of existing roadways.

Toledo to Detroit by Rail

TMACOG and the City of Toledo are partnering to conduct a study of the feasibility of restoring passenger rail connections between Toledo and Detroit. The study will examine possible routes, address likely capital and operating costs, and estimate potential ridership.

The plan is to hire Alexander Metcalf, PhD, president of Transportation Economics & Management Systems, Inc. (TEMS). Dr. Metcalf recently completed a study on the possibility for passenger trains running between Ann Arbor and Traverse City. The Toledo-Detroit study would be similar. Discussions are still preliminary and there is no timeline to complete the study. Details should be firm within a few months. The City of Toledo has allocated $30,000 and the balance of $20,000 will come from TMACOG funds allocated for transportation research.

The last time rails connected Toledo and Detroit was 1995 when Amtrak cancelled service that had offered a round trip once per day.

Perrysburg Intersection Receives National Recognition

photo credit: ODOT District 2

On October 30, ODOT announced that the Diverging Diamond Interchange at State Route 25 at I-475 in Perrysburg has won the America’s Transportation Awards competition for Operations Excellence in the Small Category (less than $25 million) in the mid-America region.

The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AAA, Socrata, and AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials). The DDI was Ohio’s only award winner in the competition this year.

The DDI design improved traffic flow and efficiency while increasing safety. It was also built on the existing bridge which kept construction costs down. The $8.5 million project was partially funded with $3.3 million of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds awarded and managed by TMACOG.

Watch traffic move through the intersection in this YouTube video.


Member News

Welcome New TMACOG Members

Wood County Educational Service Center, Jackson Township in Wood County, and Woolpert, Inc. became members of TMACOG in November, 2018. Jackson Township and Woolpert are new members, WCESC has rejoined.

The Wood County Educational Service Center, based in Bowling Green, provides alternative school, gifted programs, special education, youth empowerment, and juvenile detention and residential services. School administrators will caucus with Schools, Colleges & Universities at the TMACOG General Assembly. See more about their services at

Jackson Township is in southern Wood County, near Hoytville and Deshler. It is home to about 800 people and agriculture is the primary occupation.

Woolpert, Inc. is a national architecture, engineering, and geospatial firm that offers leading edge technology in GIS systems with an office in Perrysburg. Learn more here.

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Upcoming Events

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 Leadership Orientation
Wednesday, February 27, 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
TMACOG Boardroom, For members, elected officials and board members who are new to TMACOG. Orientation will include a tour of TMACOG offices.
Jennifer Allen, 419.241.9155, ext. 1107

2019 Transportation Summit
Friday, March 29, 8 a.m-2 p.m.
Scott park Campus, University of Toledo
Jodi Cole, 419.241.9155, ext. 1120

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