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Feature

Farm Tour

Water Quality
Stormwater IDDE

Student Watershed Watch

Mapping Septic Systems

Transportation
Active Transportation

Access 2045 Meeting

Gas Cap Report

Public Transit Taskforce Report

Calendar
Web



Feature

Pigs and Soybeans


About 45 people, including members of TMACOG’s Water Quality committees, elected officials, environmental advocates, farmers, and professional representatives of government agencies, took an information-gathering tour of Blanchard River Demonstration Farms near Findlay on September 9. At stops on three farms, the group learned about best management practices for managing stormwater, the results of edge-of-field studies, soil testing and variable rate fertilizing, and the economics of row crops and raising swine...read more


 

Water Quality

Illicit Discharge Training


TMACOG Stormwater Coalition and the City of Oregon are partnering to present a training session on how to detect and eliminate illicit discharges and spills to area waterways. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) is a duty of a municipal stormwater manager and a federal permit requirement. Ohio EPA also requires annual staff training on stormwater best practices...read more



Students Celebrate 30 Years of Water Research




The Student Watershed Watch began in 1989 with a handful of classrooms. Since that time thousands of students from middle school to senior high have participated in this unique program of water sampling and testing, field work, data analysis, and reporting...read more


Partnering for Better Sewage Management


TMACOG is working with area counties to create databases and maps of home sewage treatment systems – onsite septic systems unconnected to a sewer system. This information can be valuable in several ways. It helps governments manage permit issues, informs decision-making about where to build sewers in the future, and could be helpful to health departments or others looking for a source of contamination.

Lucas County has mapped the majority of the county’s septic systems. Last year TMACOG helped Ottawa County map approximately 6,400 systems. This map will be updated with new information about some of those systems which are in fact connected to sewers. This fiscal year, TMACOG will be working with Sandusky and Wood counties.

Once the maps are established, employees of the counties will maintain and update information going forward. The project is funded by a U.S. EPA 604(b) grant.

 

 

Transportation

Active Transportation Academy: Conducting Walk & Bike Audits

TMACOG’s second Active Transportation Academy course will be held October 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Washington Jr. High, 5700 Whitmer Dr., Toledo. This program is aimed at local governments, neighborhood and civic organizations, bicycle advocates, business, developers and builders, school administrators, and others concerned with safe travel for walkers and cyclists. There is no cost to attend but please register here.

This course provides instruction on how local communities can determine if there is a pedestrian or bicyclist safety issue in certain neighborhoods or along particular corridors. It explains common causes of safety issues and uses local knowledge and professional expertise to identify problems.

Instructors from ODOT’s Local Technical Assistance Program will review different types of walk and bike audits, provide helpful resources such as walkscore.com, and discuss special considerations around intersections, schools, and other potential conflict points and sensitive land uses. During the training, instructors will lead participants on a mock walk audit at a location that poses safety challenges to pedestrians and/or bicyclists.

TMACOG will host another program in the Active Transportation series that will address the role of active transportation in public health. For more information contact TMACOG Transportation Planner Lance Dasher: 419.241.9155 ext. 1115.



Help Shape Ohio's Transportation Plans



The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hosting a series of meetings around the state as planners continue to develop Access Ohio 2045, the state-wide long range transportation plan. The plan will guide Ohio's transportation policies and investment strategies for the next 20 years.

The second northwest Ohio meeting is Wednesday, October 15, 4 – 7 p.m., at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, outside the TMACOG offices at 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. It will be an open house format with presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The meeting is free and the public is invited to participate to ensure that local concerns are part of the state-wide plan. The Access Ohio meetings are presented by ODOT staff and the consulting group working on the long range plan.

Read more about the planning process and findings from the first round of meetings here. For more information contact David Gedeon, TMACOG vice president of Transportation at 419.241.9155 ext. 1125.

 

Gas Cap Season Report



If your car or light truck was built before 1997, there is an excellent chance that its gas cap is leaking. The summer Gas Cap Testing and Replacement program operated by TMACOG and the City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services found that one-third of these older vehicles needed a replacement cap. A leaky cap can lose up to two tanks of gas per year, contributing to air pollution as well as wasting money...read more



Public Transit Report - Lucas County Task Force




A community task force was established in December 2018 to appraise the state of public transportation in and around Lucas County. That group has released its fIndings...read more



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Upcoming Events

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

Active Transportation Academy - Walking and Bike Audits
Thursday, October 10,
noon. - 4 p.m.
Washington Junior High
5700 Whitmer Dr.
Toledo, OH 43613


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

2020 General Assembly
Monday, January 27,2020
Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Perrysburg


Access Toledo: Resources for Members
Wednesday, February 26,2020
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Toledo