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Canoemobile Report

Water Quality
WQC Report

Blanchard Demonstration Farm Tour

2019 Ag Update

Meet the Planner

Gohio Commute

Walk.Bike.Ohio Policy




Northwest Ohio's First Canoemobile

For four days in June, the big canoes of Canoemobile entertained and educated people of all ages in northwest Ohio. The canoes were staffed by a team from Wilderness Inquiry based in Minneapolis. The events and programs were organized by TMACOG’s Water Quality department with the support and partnership of local governments and agencies and area park more

Water Quality

WQC Forum Takes Action, Attracts Talent

photo credit:
Lucas County

By Carol Contrada, Chair, TMACOG Water Quality Council

On a hot July day, even as researchers with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration were preparing the 2019 Algae forecast for Lake Erie, TMACOG’s Water Quality Council was pressing ahead with initiatives, collaboration, and innovative partnerships in focused efforts to protect Lake Erie and our greatest natural resource – plentiful, fresh water. more

Register Early for Demonstration Farm Tour

Join members of TMACOG’s Water Quality Council for a visit to three family farms near Findlay. Learn more about how agriculture affects water quality on a tour that showcases leading edge conservation practices. Guests will see how these strategies are employed on working farms and hear from the farmers about how their choices are working to improve water quality. The demonstration farms include row crops and a swine operation.

Fall Farm Tour
Blanchard River Demonstration Farms
September 9, 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Register early. The bus can accommodate about 55 people. The day’s program includes snacks, lunch and transportation to the sites. Registration is $30 and closes August 30, 2019. No refunds for cancellations will be made after this date.
The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network (BRDFN) is a joint partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. BRDFN is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project.
For more information contact Kris Barnswell, TMACOG Water Quality Planner, 419.241.9155, ext. 1123.
Thank you to the Ohio Farm Bureau for their partnership support.


Agriculture Update

Last year, TMACOG followed three farmers during a full growing season to learn how they make decisions about fertilizer, planting, and water control. They are fully aware of the relationship between agriculture and Lake Erie’s water quality more



Meet New Transportation Planner

Marissa Bechstein,
TMACOG Transportation Planner

Marissa Bechstein is having a busy summer. She bought a house in June, joined TMACOG July 1, and was married July 12. She’s now at her new office after a short honeymoon and ready to take over TMACOG’s long range transportation plan.

Bechstein (who was Marissa Lumbrezer a few weeks ago) is an Ohio native, born and raised and still living in Berkey in northwest Lucas County on the Ohio/Michigan line. She attended Bowling Green State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and analysis and her master’s in public administration.

Bechstein was introduced to her future career when she participated in strategic planning for the Wood County Park District and the Lucas County Sustainability Commission as a graduate student. Through her work, she became interested in public policy, policy theory, and research methods. She comes to TMACOG after working at the Maumee Valley Planning Organization based in Defiance.

Bechstein’s primary responsibility at TMACOG is the “On the Move: 2015-2045 Transportation Plan.” That plan is in the midst of a two-year-long revision, the 2020 Update. She is looking forward to getting busy reviewing the projects and priorities and making the required updates.

Gohio Transportation Alternatives Summer Challenge

Gohio Commute is a free online service offered by TMACOG with information on commuting options such as ride matching for car poolers and bikers and public transit options.

Sign up on and log a ride using an alternative form of transportation this summer (bike, walk, bus, ride share) to be eligible to win a custom backpack full of prizes; including a blue tooth speaker. Be one of the top users to log the most rides using alternative forms of transportation and you will receive even more great prizes. The more you ride the more you win!

It’s time to rethink your daily commute. Register today at

New Gohio Commute signs at sites of bike infrastructure will remind people to log every ride for the chance to win prizes.


Walk.Bike.Ohio Policy in Development

The Ohio Department of Transportation is in the beginning stages of a new plan to address walking and biking in the state. When complete, the plan will be the first such ever for Ohio and will guide the state’s bike and pedestrian transportation policies and investments in infrastructure and programs.

The development process will include two rounds of stakeholder meetings and public surveys and will conclude in 2020 with a comprehensive policy.

Current information shows that more people walk and bike in areas of higher population density, where there are more parks, more universities, and, not surprisingly, where more people lack access to a vehicle. In northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, the central Toledo area is the region of highest demand for walking and biking infrastructure and services.

Take a survey here to contribute to a better understanding of the current state of walking and biking in Ohio:

Learn more about the WalkBikeOhio plan and see additional opportunities to participate here:


Congratulations WBGU-TV

The staff at the Public Broadcasting Service television station at Bowling Green State University has won a regional Emmy award for a video about ALICE training. ALICE is Active Shooter Civilian Response Training that addresses how to survive a firearms attack in a school or workplace. See their work here:

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Upcoming Events

Tour - Blanchard River Demonstration Farms
September 9,
8:45 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