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Feature

Summer Caucuses with State Lawmakers

Transportation
Chessie Circle Trail

Interns

Gas Cap Schedule

Traffic Mortality

Water Quality
Farm Tour

HAB forecast

Alaska Journal


News
Member Summer Festivals

Calendar
Web



Feature

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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 guest speaker Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Chancellor Gardner will attend the Schools, Colleges & Universities caucus and give brief remarks before the panel with state lawmakers. He’ll address educational issues that impact job training...read more


Transportation

Chessie Circle Trail


The Chessie Circle Trail, an 11-mile corridor through densely urbanized areas in Toledo and Wood County, is being gradually paved and improved on the site of an abandoned rail line. The property was purchased by a consortium of local stakeholders in October 2011, using a combination of $7.7 million of federal funds and $1 million of local funds...read more




Keep Your Eye on These Interns




TMACOG’s summer employees are accomplished people with big plans.

Joe Koralewski is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University and one of TMACOG’s summer traffic interns for 2019. His bachelor’s degree is in Geography with a minor in Political Science. For the next few months he’ll be setting out vacuum hoses and downloading traffic count data for TMACOG members...read more



Protect the Atmosphere, Replace your Leaky Gas Cap



The City of Toledo and TMACOG are operating a summer program to test gas caps on passenger vehicles and provide free replacement caps for those found leaking. A leaky gas cap can cost a driver up to two tanks of gas a year through evaporation and contributes to air pollution...read more



Traffic Fatalities Rising



Pedestrians
Pedestrian deaths in the U.S. are the highest they have been since 1990. Nearly 50,000 people have died on U.S. roads since 2009, according to federal statistics. In May 2019 in Lucas County, there were four pedestrians killed. This is a startling number: in all of 2018 in the TMACOG planning area (Lucas and Wood counties and southern Monroe County), there were nine pedestrians killed, which was a high number compared to previous years.

All Traffic
The Ohio Department of Transportation reports that so far this year, there have been 420 traffic deaths, which is about the same rate as 2018. Nearly half of all Ohio traffic deaths each year involve unbelted drivers and passengers.

Unbelted passengers can cause the death of their friends and family. Take a look at this compelling video short about why all vehicle passengers should wear seat belts.



Water Quality

Save the Date for Farm Tour



The 2019 growing season is off to a challenging start. Heavy rains coming every few days since April has meant that farmers are way behind in getting a crop in the ground. The weather is only one challenge that farmers face. Learn more about how agriculture affects water quality on a tour that showcases leading edge conservation practices.

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. Registration will be available soon. Space is limited. The tour is a full day event, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and includes snacks, lunch, and transportation.

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. Thanks to the Ohio Farm Bureau for their partnership.

For more information contact Kris Barnswell, 419.241.9155, ext. 1123.

TMACOG has followed area farmers to learn more about how they make decisions about fertilizer and water quality. See the TMACOG video here.

 

Tune in for Stone Labs Algae Forecast

On July 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory and Ohio Sea Grant will announce the annual harmful algae bloom forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Get the information about how to tune in to the webinar at this link.

Speakers on the webinar will discuss the season’s nutrient loading after a very rainy spring. Dr. Laura Johnson, director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, will talk about findings from monitoring of tributaries. Dr. Christopher Winslow, director of the Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, will review the most current research. Dr. Rick Stumpf, oceanographer for NOAA, will provide the forecast.

To receive regular updates on algae information sign up for alerts from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). Their preliminary report from May is here. NCCOS predicts that the 2019 algae bloom will be much larger than the 2018 bloom but notes that the size of the bloom does not predict toxicity.

 



Report by Sara Guiher, TMACOG Water Quality Planner

My recent trip to Alaska was a life-changing experience. I spent the week learning about local and global issues related to climate change while attending the Climate Change and My Community Course – an opportunity sponsored by NASA through the Arctic and Earth SIGNs (Stem Integrating GLOBE & NASA) program. The course was based at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks...read more



News

Summer Festivals

Explore the TMACOG region through corndogs! There are festivals, parades, and fairs all summer. Here are just a few events in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.



Stroll the Street –
Wednesdays in Rossford, 4 – 8 p.m.
From June 26 through October 9 – Dixie Highway, Rt. 65, in Downtown Rossford from Ford Memorial Park through old Downtown. With a farm market, music and art, food trucks and more!

Village of Delta –

Annual Delta Chicken Festival, July 12 -14

Monroe County River Raisin Nights
Jazz in the Square, Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2
St. Marys Park in downtown Monroe, Michigan. Free festival

Village of Put-In-Bay
4th Annual PIB Jeep Invasion July 19-21, 2019

Richfield Township –
Sweet Corn Challenge and 62-mile Invitational Bike Ride,
July 27

City of Monroe –
Monroe County Fair Parade, July 28, 1-2:30 p.m.

Fremont’s Park Music Festival Walsh Park, August 3, 2019

City of Toledo –
Movie Nights in Ottawa Park – August 8, 7-10:30 p.m.
DJ, music, concessions, and a movie! Call (419) 245-3388 or email Chelsey Labadie for more information.

Village of Pemberville –
Free Fair, August 14-17, 2019

National Tractor Pulling Championship
August 15 -17

Village of Ottawa Hills –
Fall Festival, September 28



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Upcoming Events

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

Tour - Blanchard River Demonstration Farms
September 9,
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Three family farms near Findlay


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 - Student Summit
Friday, November 8,
9 a.m. -1;30 p.m.
Toledo Zoo Malawi Events Center, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo