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NEWSFILES

TMACOG Website
Map Gallery
TMACOG's Kurt Erichsen Award
More on
TMACOG.org
ENVIRONMENT
Swan Creek
Plan Approved
CPESC Exam
Dates
Oregon Grant
Stormwater
Workshop
TRANSPORTATION
Speakers for the
Ohio Conference
on Freight
TIP Amendment
MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHT
Perrysburg
Township

EVENTLINE
July 2009
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NEWSFILES______________________

TMACOG Website Map Gallery
Maps created by TMACOG staff provide valuable information for TMACOG members and regional planners. On a new page on the TMACOG website, TMACOG will be posting and maintaining up-to-date maps that show jurisdictional boundaries, demographic information, environmentally significant features, and transportation-related information including public transit routes, and bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Later this summer, a section of multi-layer and interactive maps will be added. Review the map gallery
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TMACOG’s Erichsen Recipient of NARC Award
At the annual meeting of the National Association of Regional Councils held in June, Kurt Erichsen, TMACOG’s vice president of environmental planning, was the recipient of the 2009 John Bosley Award. The award recognizes Erichsen for outstanding service and contributions to advance the success of the regional community. Criteria for the award included demonstrated stature among peers and staff, contributions to the region and the community, and the extent to which his time and dedication has provided benefit to the regional community. Read More


More on www.tmacog.org
The TMACOG website is updated frequently to provide members with timely and helpful information.

ENVIRONMENT____________________


Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan Approved

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has formally approved the Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan that was created and approved by more than 75% of the jurisdictions and population in the watershed. The plan was one of the first pilot projects in the state testing the recommendations of the Lake Erie Balanced Growth Program. The final report will be a tool that other watersheds will use to develop community-based land use plans. With approval of the Swan Creek plan, the jurisdictions which participated are eligible for state incentives to implement parts of the plan. The plan was fully endorsed by TMACOG’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees on June 17. See the completed, final Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan here.



CPESC Certification Exam

People interested in being qualified as Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control may take an exam Thursday, August 20 at the Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo in Maumee. To be qualified to sit for the exam interested individuals must submit an application package to CPESC and be approved before the exam date. For more information on this process, go to www.cpesc.org. To register for the exam, go to www.co.lucas.oh.us/lswcd and follow the online instructions. The deadline for registration is August 10, 2009. Successful certification is based on results of the examination and review of an individual's educational, scientific, and service activities in both the public and private sector

The CPESC certification is valuable to engineers, designers, builders, construction professionals, and inspectors. Also, starting July 2009, ODOT requires that Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3s) be designed by a Professional Engineer who is CPESC certified.

For more information, contact Jeff Grabarkiewicz, Lucas SWCD, 419.893.1966, or jgrabarkiewicz@co.lucas.oh.us.



City of Oregon Riparian Restoration Project

The City of Oregon has been awarded a Coastal Management Assistance Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for the Wolf Creek Riparian Corridor project near Maumee Bay State Park. The grant will help the city conserve approximately 5.5 acres of permanent conservation easement. The plan is to establish overwide or multi-stage water retention in the riparian area in order to capture bacteria before it reaches the Lake Erie beaches at Maumee Bay State Park. A corridor restoration plan will also be developed to identify next steps for the riparian channel reconstruction.

The ODNR grant is for $62,391. Grant-funded projects require a match of at least 50 percent of the project's total cost. TMACOG will be working with the City of Oregon to fulfill the terms of this grant.  

Applications and guidelines for the next round of Coastal Management Assistance grants to be awarded in 2010 will be available in September 2009 online or by contacting the Office of Coastal Management at coastal@dnr.state.oh.us or 419-626-7980.


Workshop on Local Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
American Rivers and Midwest Environmental Advocates will present a free workshop on using regulatory and political tools for better stormwater management. The workshop will be Wednesday, July 22, 9 a.m. – noon, at the Ward Pavilion in Wildwood Metropark. The workshop will look at how communities can protect water quality through effective use of zoning codes and building regulations. Examples of regulations that can improve water management include riparian setbacks which preserve natural plant growth around streams and river banks, and conservation development where paved areas are limited and a significant percentage of land is left with natural vegetation.

Katie Swartz , conservation associate from American Rivers, says that the workshop is targeted toward stormwater managers and planners, inspectors, zoning officials, and local watershed groups. There is no charge for the workshop but registration is required. Contact Katie Swartz at 419.936.3759 or kswartz@americanrivers.org


TRANSPORTATION________________

Primary Speakers Announced for 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight
Three keynote speakers have been confirmed for the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday, September 22-23 in Toledo. Read More



Amendment to 2008-2011 TIP

TMACOG’s current Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP), has been significantly modified with projects made possible through the economic stimulus plan. In addition, the TIP will now be amended to add two projects for the Metroparks of the Toledo Area and eleven transportation enhancement projects ranked and selected from applications received last fall. Enhancement projects include transportation-system improvements that provide facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, scenic easements or historic sites, landscaping, or historic preservation.

The resolution was approved by Transportation Council on May 5 and by the TMACOG Executive Committee May 17.

See the most recent TIP document here

MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHT___________


Perrysburg Township

Perrysburg is one of 19 townships in Wood County, home to about 14,000 people living in about 40 square miles. It is a growth region. Even as construction has slowed down in northwest Ohio, both residential and commercial construction have been maintained in Perrysburg Township.

Industry has been attracted by major national highways in the region. Located on the south side of the Maumee River, the township includes an intersection of the turnpike and I-475, and the I-75 intersection with I-475. The township has two industrial parks which, among other industries, are home to a FedEx Ground site and a First Solar plant.

The township is a study in contrasts. It is both a suburb of Toledo, and home to an established small town. (The City of Perrysburg has a population of about 17,000.) It has significant industry and agricultural land. Residential choices are broad with a wide range of home prices, and neighborhoods ranging from densely settled to rural.

Robert Mack, chair of Perrysburg Township trustees, is an alternate on the TMACOG Board of Trustees and finds value in TMACOG membership. “TMACOG has served our local government zealously, with a well-deserved focus on our environment and quality of life.”

In its 40-mile area, Perrysburg Township includes four K-12 school districts (Perrysburg, Rossford, Eastwood, and Lake), Penta Career Center, and Owens Community College which serves more than 45,000 students annually at its Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Residents also have access to excellent recreational facilities with river access, golf courses, and township and Wood County parks.

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