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Features

Bike Month

Ozone Action

Transportation
Gohio

Active Transportation Workshop

Next Steps 2045 Plan

Water Quality
Portage River Public Meetings

Canoemobile

Water/Wastewater Training

Native Plants / Raingardens

Member News
A River Success Story: River Raisin

Calendar
Web



Features
May is Bike Month
TMACOG wants all cyclists to learn how 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.


Wait, What?


The steps people can take to prevent the production of ozone are to mostly … do less. Don’t drive as much, don’t use small engines like lawn mowers. Reduce use of energy around the house. When you think of firing up the grill, do something else. Like have a nice salad. Or if you grill, use a charcoal chimney starter instead of lighter fluid. Look for Ozone Action messages on TARTA shelters, on pedicabs, on billboards, and in newspapers...read more


 

Transportation

Gohio Commute says, Ride a Bike


It’s Bike Month and Gohio Commute gives a thumbs up to using your bicycle to get to and from work. Find someone to ride with at gohiocommute.com. Log in every trip and qualify to win valuable prizes. Most people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan live within ten miles of their job. More and more roads in our region now accommodate bikes with marked lanes or side paths. Give it a try and don’t forget to log in your ride.




Active Transportation Academy: Parts 1 & 2

TMACOG is offering a series of programs addressing active transportation in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The first program is Thursday, June 27, noon – 4 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. It will combine two units of the academy: traffic calming techniques and the implementation of complete streets policies...read more


On the Move: 2045 Plan-Update 2020

More than 430 people have completed paper and electronic surveys to tell TMACOG planners what improvements they want to see in the transportation system in Lucas and Wood counties and southern Monroe County. Scores of people also participated in a public meeting on Facebook and at locations around the region in February, March, and April. With this public input, TMACOG planners are moving ahead with the next steps to update the region’s long range transportation plan...read more

 

 

Water Quality

Portage River Water Trail - Public Meetings

Communities along the Portage River in Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties are getting together to create a water trail that runs from the Village of Pemberville to Port Clinton. A water trail is a series of safe and convenient access points to a river as designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), with parking and educational signage. Easy access encourages recreation and also allows for trash cleanup and monitoring of the river’s health...read more


Canoemobile Watershed Festival June 29

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

After three days of fun and education for students June 26-28, Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. will be the Canoemobile Watershed Festival for all ages...read more

 

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. – 4:45 p.m. The session will be held in the Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, outside of the TMACOG offices.

The program is for professional operators of water supply and wastewater treatment plants, professional engineers, public administrators, and others responsible for decision-making in the operation of public utilities. Operators are eligible for 6.75 contact hours and P.E.s will receive professional development hours.

New this year, you must attend the full program
to receive credits.

The program provides light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Attendees will take home training materials.

Topics:
Pipeline rehabilitation and replacement
Water distribution
Geographic information system (GIS) and engineering integration
Phosphorus removal and recovery
Ozone treatment
Operator training sessions
Wastewater operator apprenticeship training
Water audit and leak detection (hands-on session)

Registration is online here. The cost is $50 for TMACOG members and $80 for non-members. The deadline for registration is May 17. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after that date. Contact Joy Minarcin
with any questions: 419.241.9155, ext. 1128.

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





Native Plants and Rain Gardens


People planning flower gardens have good reasons for adding lots of native plants to their beds, borders and rain gardens. Plants that are native to this part of the country are well-suited to the soil types, temperature range, and water table. Natives support important pollinators and thrive through wet and dry conditions...read more


Member News

River Raisin Project


A short video tells the story of how the River Raisin in Monroe County has been delisted as an “area of concern” through partnerships with state and federal agencies and local residents.

Click here to see the 11-minute video.



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Upcoming Events

TMACOG Regional Safety Planning Meeting
Thursday, May 9,
10 a.m. - noon
Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza


Water/Wastewater Training
Wednesday, May 22,
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Grand Lobby of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza


Bike Month
All of May, at many locations

Active Transportation Academy:
Traffic Calming & Complete Streets Implementation Training

Thursday, June 27,
noon - 4 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

Canoemobile:
Watershed Festival

June 29
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Walbridge Park Boat Launch, Broadway
(Toledo Zoo Parking lot)

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,

Student Watershed Watch
Friday, November 8,
9 a.m. -1;30 p.m.
Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo