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FEATURE
Public Meetings: 2045 Plan

Water Quality
Legislative Update

Water/Wastewater Training

Canoemobile

SWW New Logo

Transportation
Bike Month

Traffic Signals

Member News
Thank You Donna

Gas Tax

Calendar
Web



Features


Still Time for Public Input
You’re invited to attend one of the last 2019 public meetings to provide your input to the “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan.” All meetings are free and no registration is required. Meetings will include displays and maps of the existing and planned systems, as well as a review of the current plan which is being updated. TMACOG is charged with maintaining this transportation plan for Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County, Michigan.

Monday, April 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sanger Branch Library, 3030 Central Ave., Toledo, OH 43606
Thursday, April 4, 6 to 8 p.m., Way Public Library, 101 E Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, OH 43551
Thursday, April 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Adelante Center, 520 Broadway St., Toledo, OH 43604 (Spanish language presentation)

TMACOG wants to hear from commuters, truck drivers, bicyclists, and people who use public transit. Anyone who cannot attend a public meeting is invited to fill out a survey online. See the survey link and more information at http://www.tmacog.org/onthemove/.

 

Water Quality

Ohio Legislative Update: Lake Erie
Ohio Representative Steve Arndt, a former chair of TMACOG, spoke to the TMACOG Water Quality Council (WQC) at their March 11 meeting. TMACOG’s WQC is made up of community leaders and representatives of TMACOG’s water quality committees – Stormwater Coalition, Public Water Supply, Wastewater, and Watersheds. Representative Arndt’s work with the WQC builds on the relationship of local northwest Ohio governments to the state, especially in regard to issues affecting Lake Erie.



At the meeting, Representative Arndt mentioned Senate Bill 299 (Clean Lake Erie 2020 Plan) which passed in last year’s session. That bill provides funding to build capacity to address phosphorus reduction, primarily through bolstering Ohio’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD).

In its initial stages, Clean Lake 2020 supports best management practices that are shown to be effective at keeping nutrients on the fields and out of waterways. The bill looks to Ohio’s SWCDs to work with farmers and the agricultural community to establish these practices. Some of the recommended tools – extensive soil testing for example – are too expensive for some farmers to put in place without subsidies or other help. Representative Arndt also cited the need for funds for in-stream monitoring. Monitors have been recommended by Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, as a way to accurately measure influx of nutrients caused by rain events.

As Governor Mike DeWine proposes his state budget, with significant increases in environmental restoration funding, Representative Arndt recommended that WQC members follow legislative activities and look for opportunities to provide comments and other input.

 

Water and Wastewater Training Offered



TMACOG will host the annual training program for operators of water and wastewater facilities and for professional engineers Wednesday, May 22, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The session will be held in the Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, outside of the TMACOG offices.

Speakers will discuss water and sewer projects completed in northwest Ohio, new treatment strategies for reducing phosphorus, and how to use GIS technologies to inventory assets.

Operators are eligible for 6.5 contact hours and P.E.s will receive professional development hours.

Thank you to Jones & Henry Engineers, Ltd. for sponsoring this training.




Get Ready for Canoemobile - June 26-29



Four days in June will focus on fun water exploration on the Maumee River when the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile comes to northwest Ohio.

Young people ages 10 to 18 are invited to participate in activities June 26-28. TMACOG and its partners are specifically reaching out to populations that don’t have easy access to water recreation in both urban and rural areas...read more

 



Student Watershed Watch

Every year since 1989, TMACOG has managed the Student Watershed Watch for hundreds of students and teachers. We’re celebrating 30 years of exploration and discovery with a new logo and expanded programming: teachers participating in training this year will be certified by the Ohio EPA as Level 1 Qualified Data Collectors.






Transportation

May is Bike Month



TMACOG wants all cyclists to learn to safely use a bicycle for healthy commuting. Regular or even occasional bike commuting reduces air pollution and road congestion. There are many opportunities for bike education and for fun throughout the region in May...read more




Newer Traffic Signal

Some new traffic signals are being installed in the region to help people safely cross streets, particularly in the middle of blocks or near schools. These signals are operated by pedestrians. Because they are not common in the area, drivers are unsure how to respond to them. Here’s some help...read more




Member News

Thank You, Donna Seeber

Secretary and receptionist Donna Seeber, known for her entertaining and cheerful presence in the Transportation department and at the front office reception desk, has retired after a 25-year career with TMACOG. TMACOG members and the staff will miss her...read more



TMACOG Position on Gas Tax Increase



TMACOG leadership strongly supports Governor DeWine’s proposal to increase the gas tax. We encourage our members to contact area legislators to urge them to vote to increase this user fee that will ensure a safe and viable transportation system in our region of the state...read more

Click here for a spreadsheet sorted by county.
Click here for a spreadsheet sorted by municipality.
Click here for more information on ODOT's budget

 



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Upcoming Events

Ohio Sunshine Laws Certification Training
Friday, April 5, 2019 – 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Owens Community College, Veterans Hall, Perrysburg

TMACOG Tech: Making Harassment Unacceptable - Recognizing and Dealing with Unconscious Bias
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza


Water and Wastewater Workshop
Wednesday, May 22, Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza


Bike Month
All of May, at many locations

Toledo Train Day
Saturday, May 4
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, and Amtrak Station

Canoemobile
June 26-29
Maumee River, various locations

Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers
Wednesday, July 31, 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Penta Career Center – 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg


TMACOGTech: Tools & Rules & Legal Components for Managing Meetings
October 9,
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza,