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Call for Service

Transportation
Funds Approved

Safe Routes Travel Plan

Map-Downtown Construction

Water Quality
Director of Lake Erie Commission

Volunteer: CCCW

New Water Quality Associate

Calendar
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Feature

How Will You Serve?


TMACOG members choose their new or renewed committee assignments in January. People who have a particular interest in a Water Quality or Transportation committee, or who want to serve on the Board of Trustees, are invited to submit applications by Friday, December 6.

Click here for a complete list of committees and councils on which you may serve. The time commitments vary: some committees meet monthly, while others meet bi-monthly or quarterly. All committees are effective and make a difference in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Anyone representing a TMACOG member may serve on a council or committee regardless of elected status. TMACOG needs and values the expertise of people with a variety of skills and interests. Please complete and submit this participation form and send your completed form to Jennifer Allen: allen@tmacog.org.

Thank you for considering this important commitment to help TMACOG reach its vision. Your participation is key to our vision – to be the governmental partner of choice to coordinate regional assets, opportunities, and challenges. If you have any questions regarding TMACOG leadership or the participation form, please call TMACOG President Tim Brown at 419.241.9155, ext. 1179.

 

Transportation

Transportation Funding Announced


Applications for the current round of all three TMACOG-managed funds have been evaluated, ranked, and approved by the TMACOG Board of Trustees. These projects are scheduled to begin construction in 2024
and 2025. Multiple funds - including local contributions - will be assembled to complete each of these projects...read more




Safe Routes Plan




The first step toward receiving funding for ODOT’s Safe Routes to School program is the creation of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Travel Plan. TMACOG is working with the YMCA of Greater Toledo, which is leading the process, and Washington Local School District, to establish a plan for that district. Washington Local includes Point Place and other neighborhoods adjacent to the Michigan line as far west as Talmadge Road. The SRTS team will identify primary corridors for walking, driving, and bicycling to schools.

In Washington Township there are fewer sidewalks than in many other parts of Toledo. The Travel Plan will likely recommend new sidewalks in some locations. Other measures to counter safety problems might include crossing lights, signage, or changes to traffic patterns.

A Travel Plan has already been completed for Toledo Public Schools. With the addition of Washington Local, all public school districts in Toledo will have completed plans. Implementation of the measures in the plans is dependent upon SRTS funding. The next annual round of funding opens in January 2020.

Since the program began in 2008, walking and bicycling to school has increased in Ohio communities with active SRTS programs.


Walk to School Day October 2 at McGregor Elementary in the Washington Local School District.

More than half of the students participated in walk to school day, showing that walking or biking to school is a viable option for many. Studies show that school bike racks, crossing guards, and sharing information about safe routes with families increased the number of students using active transportation to get to school.




Downtown Toledo Highway Access



Road construction has made access to southern downtown Toledo a complex and changing situation. See a map showing current closures and detours here. In general, the best access to I-75 (north or south) is the Washington Street exits and entrances. To access the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 24) from downtown, use the ramp from Michigan St. to I-75 south and the Trail.

Expect changes as several projects are scheduled to be completed before the snow flies:

Dorr St. bridge over I-75 is scheduled to re-open
Ramp from NB I-75 to Collingwood will re-open
Erie St. and Logan St. will re-open
The re-configured intersection of Erie/Collingwood/Newton will re-open.
Maumee Avenue bridge over NS railroad set to re-open.


Water Quality

Director of Lake Erie Commission meets with WQ staff

Joy Mulinex was appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to be the director of the Lake Erie Commission in February. She met with Water Quality staff and TMACOG leadership October 10 at the TMACOG offices.

Mulinex has extensive experience in the intersection of environmental policy and government. She was most recently the director of government relations for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy where she developed that organization’s federal and state public policy platform. She has also managed the U.S. House and Senate Great Lakes Task Force in Washington, DC.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission coordinates, reviews, and makes recommendations concerning policies, programs, and priorities pertaining to Lake Erie. In her role, Mulinex will serve as Ohio Governor DeWine’s primary Lake Erie strategist and will help develop and maintain the Governor’s policy agenda on Lake Erie.

TMACOG staff and WQC leaders discussed the state’s H2Ohio program with Mulinex. The focus on the health of Lake Erie is welcome and badly needed. TMACOG presented specific recommendations based on regional knowledge including:

Ensuring accountability for effective use of funds
Recommending a TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) study for the western Lake Erie Basin
Development of consistent standards for 9-Element plans to target areas with the biggest contributions of nutrients to Lake Erie.
Publicly available data on animal feeding facilities and manure generation
Moratorium on new CAFO and CAFF permits in the basin area
Improvements to the permitting process for animal feeding operations to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act


Jon Eckel, WQC Vice Chair; Kris Barnswell, WQ Planner; Sandra
Kosek-Sills, Environmental Specialist Ohio EPA; Carol Contrada,
WQC Chair; Sara Guiher, WQ Planner; Joy Mulinex, Director Ohio
Lake Erie Commission; Kari Gerwin, Director of WQ Planning;
Tim Brown, TMACOG President.




November is Volunteer Month -
Clear Choices Clean Water



There is plenty that individuals, families, neighborhood groups, classrooms, and others can do to help protect water. In November, take a pledge to volunteer. The Clear Choices webpage suggests several options: adopt a storm drain, volunteer with area park districts or Partners for Clean Streams, or learn about water and share what you learn on your social networks.

Storm drains send rain water and snow melt directly to area ditches and streams without any treatment. Anything that goes into a drain will end up in a waterway. Adopt a drain and keep it clear of leaves, trash, animal waste, and fertilizer runoff. After a snowstorm, keeping the drain clear will give snowmelt a place to go and can prevent flooding of the streets or even houses.

Partners for Clean Streams is working to address known causes of water contamination in the Maumee Area of Concern. They conduct river cleanups and organize plant restoration projects. They remind people who fish that they need to collect broken fishing line and pick up lures and bait containers. Local parks use volunteers for trash pickup, seed collecting, and planting.

To learn more about water habitat and the science behind water, attend public programs at the Lake Erie Center, or Ohio State University Stone Labs. Follow news about Lake Erie harmful algal blooms through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are home to excellent research facilities that study water and water quality including the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University and the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) at the University of Michigan.


Meet New Water Quality Associate


Barbie Kalter, WQ Associate.


Barbie Kalta began work with the TMACOG Water Quality department October 7. She will be in charge of the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign that encourages individuals and groups to make environmental pledges. She will also be assisting with the Student Watershed Watch and working with GIS systems, mapping projects for septic system inventory and for the Portage River Water Trail.

Kalta is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s in environmental science and a specialization in watershed management. She has experience with a range of water chemistry routines including work in a water reclamation plant. She interned with the Ohio EPA where she was responsible for surface water sample collection in streams and in Lake Erie. She has also worked for Partners for Clean Streams where she helped with community events including stream cleanups and prepared watershed documentation. She has a boater’s certificate and in her free time she likes to work out and bake.


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