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Funding still needed - Plan to combat bacteria at Maumee Bay unveiled
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 15:26

A plan to address problems of high levels of fecal bacteria along Lake Erie beaches near Maumee Bay State Park isn’t ready for bulldozers to be mobilized but it is ready for grant writers to be mobilized, says an executive with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.

An open house for the public to comment on the Wolf Creek/Berger Ditch Restoration Plan will be held Nov. 4 at the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge. The plan is a proposed system of ponds, wetlands, and floodplains to naturally remove bacteria before it reaches the bay that will cost about $5.26 million, including the design, permits, and construction.

The open house will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. A 45-minute presentation begins at 7:15 p.m.

The session will provide the public with a chance to see the results of studies tracking bacteria in the area and review wetland designs and watershed information.

 
This Week in Government
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 15:28

Ag easements to be explained
Farmland owners have the opportunity to learn how to apply for Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program funds during upcoming information sessions offered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

In Northwest Ohio, a session will be held Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the WW Knight Nature Preserve, Great Room, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg.

Agricultural easements are voluntary legal agreements restricting non-agricultural development on farmland, with the land itself remaining on the tax rolls and under private ownership and management.  Landowners may undertake any agricultural activity permitted under Ohio law, and they can sell their farm or pass it along as a gift to others. However, the easement remains with the land, prohibiting any future non-agricultural development to make certain that it remains used for agricultural purposes.

Meetings will feature a presentation by the department’s farmland preservation staff as well as testimony from landowners who have participated in the program.

 
Police dogs flaunt their stuff at demo
Written by Larry Limpf   
Monday, 01 November 2010 10:38

In a flash the dog covers 25 yards or so and knocks the fleeing man to the ground, sinking his teeth into the upper sleeve of the man’s coat.

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Officer Kelly Clark with Bruno, and Officer Scott Simms
with Alex.  Both dogs are Belgian Malihois. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

Seeing the dog leaping onto the man’s back, several in the crowd gasp, amazed at the rapidity of the attack and how quickly the man is on the ground.

Fortunately for the man he’s wearing a bite suit designed for just such an attack.

K-9 units from law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio were in Lake Township last week for three days of training and certification sessions capped off by a demonstration for the public at Friendship Park.

Brian Woods, a retired K-9 officer with the Fremont Police Department and master trainer, surprised the crowd himself with some facts about the dogs.

Although their capabilities make them an asset to law enforcement, the dogs aren’t necessarily the smartest breeds, he said, noting the Belgian Malinois in particular isn’t known for its intelligence.

“We want them dumb,” he said. “If not, they would do what they want to do.”

 
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