Active Transportation Workshop
Rail Study Available
Canoemobile Watershed Festival June 29
The Canoemobile Watershed Festival for all ages is Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival is the culmination of four days of fun, educational water exploration on the Maumee River when the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile comes to northwest Ohio...read more
Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers
Join peers and colleagues at the 2019 Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers. Bring your questions for state lawmakers and for Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education...read more
Water Quality Council Meeting in Fremont
The May meeting of the Water Quality Council visited sites of partnership and restoration in Sandusky County. The group looked at the changes to the Sandusky River since the Ballville dam was removed in the City of Fremont. That project re-connected fish habitat and improved the river’s health.
The Council also heard updates on a project of the Sandusky County Parks District and Black Swamp Conservancy to improve access to the river. That project involves converting the former River Cliff Golf Club to parkland with wildlife habitat. Elected officials from Sandusky County and Fremont hosted the WQC meeting.
Members of the Water Quality Council at the site of the Ballville Dam removal on the Sandusky River in Fremont.
Water Quality Plan Updates Released
The Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan) has been updated with assistance from cooperating partners and will be reviewed and formally adopted by the TMACOG Board of Trustees at their June 19 meeting.
The 208 Plan outlines the region’s long-term plan for managing wastewater and associated infrastructure. The plan identifies actions necessary to meet anticipated municipal and industrial waste treatment needs for a 20-year period and identifies priorities for capital improvements. The 2019 update describes changes to public wastewater treatment facilities, collection systems, and on-site sewage treatment (septic tanks and package plants).
There are significant changes in the region’s public wastewater treatment infrastructure. Major planned investments include a $20 million anaerobic digester at Lucas County’s Water Resource Recovery Facility, $25.7 million in capital improvements in the City of Oregon, and $141.9 million in capital improvements planned for the City of Toledo. See the complete plan with the 2019 updates here.
Save the Date for Farm Tour
The Water Quality Council has scheduled a fall tour of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms for September 9. The tour will visit three family farms near Findlay that include row crops and a swine operation.
The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network (BRDFN) is a joint partnership between U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. BRDFN is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project designed to showcase and demonstrate leading edge conservation practices to improve Great Lakes water quality.
The tour is a full day event, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and includes snacks, lunch, and transportation. Members of TMACOG’s water quality committees are invited to learn how farmers are facing challenges of changing practices while making a living from the land.
Registration will be available soon. For more information contact Kris Barnswell, 419.2419.9155, ext. 1123.
New Survey - Business and Government Input Requested
In continuing work to update TMACOG's long range transportation plan, businesses and local governments in Lucas and Wood counties and southern Monroe County are invited to provide input through an online survey. TMACOG members are asked to share this survey with local businesses in their communities. The survey link is here.
The current plan - "On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan" - is being updated to keep it current and effective. The 2045 Plan - Update 2020 will be complete in the summer of 2020. For more information or to comment on the plan, contact TMACOG Vice President of Transportation David Gedeon at 419.241.9155, ext. 1125.
TIP Applications Sought
Local governments and planners are invited to apply for the next round of federal transportation grants starting June 3. Applications are being accepted for Transportation Alternatives (bicycle, environmental, and historical projects), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (projects which improve traffic flow), and Surface Transportation Block Grants (roadway reconstruction and resurfacing).
Applications will be due on August 2, 2019. Awards will be finalized by December 2019.
See the application procedure and the applications on the transportation pages of TMACOG.org. For more information, contact Lance Dasher, 419.241.9155, ext. 1115.
Active Transportation Academy
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, Toledo. It will cover community traffic calming programs and the implementation of complete streets policies...read more
Toledo-Detroit Ridership Study
Dr. Alexander Metcalf, President, Transportation Economics and Management Systems, Inc., who was the keynote speaker at TMACOG’s 2019 Transportation Summit, has released the final version of his Toledo-Detroit Ridership Feasibility & Cost Estimate Study. See it on the TMACOG web home page under “Features.” The study looks at the possibility and cost of connecting Toledo to Detroit and Ann Arbor by passenger rail. It looks at possible routes, speed, and does a cost analysis.
Anyone with comments on the study can contact TMACOG Transportation Planner Roger Streiffert, 419.241.9155 ext. 1122. He will share input with Dr. Metcalf and his team at TEMS.
Advanced Training in Alaska
TMACOG Water Quality Planner Sara Guiher has been selected to be part of a team to attend a week-long workshop in June in Fairbanks, Alaska. She’ll be working with scientists from NASA and the International Arctic Research Center on climate change issues. This is the first time scientists from the Great Lakes have been part of this program which is now in its fourth year.
Part of the workshop includes having participants design a project that will have local impact. Guiher plans to develop a project for the Student Watershed Watch (SWW) which she manages in northwest Ohio.
“With this training, I will be able to bring the Student Watershed Watch to a new level,” said Guiher. “The projects we design locally will provide environmental data to scientists who are researching climate change at a large scale.”
Data collection and historic records are important to scientists who are monitoring climate change and its impact.
The other members of Guiher’s team are Laura Kubiak and Rob Smith, teachers with Toledo Public Schools. Ms. Kubiak has been part of the Student Watershed Watch for several years.
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Active Transportation Academy:
Thursday, June 27,
noon - 4 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
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
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 Malawi Events Center, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo