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A vote to change the bylaws to formally establish a panel focused on water-related issues is on the agenda of the 2016 General Assembly of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments set for Jan. 25 in Perrysburg.

After months of studying, TMACOG members last year agreed water issues should be more of a priority for the council of governments’ Environmental Planning Department.

Under the new format, the Water Quality Council becomes the lead committee of the department and makes policy recommendations and will develop a regional agenda for water issues.

The council held its inaugural meeting in November and heard speakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District received a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to address storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in Northwood.

The sewer district is funding the project with the $237,914 loan from the agency’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which provides below market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems.

The loan will be used to rehabilitate sanitary sewers in the Homecraft area of Northwood (Andrus and Tracy roads area), which connects to Toledo’s collection system. Toledo is continuing a long-term project to address sewer overflows within the city’s sewer system that will improve local and Lake Erie water quality, according to officials from the Ohio EPA. In addition to helping to reduce sewer overflows in Toledo, the Northwood project will alleviate local basement sewage backups.

Phase 1 of the Cedar Point Road trunk sewer installation in Oregon that started last Monday is expected to be completed by the end of June.

The city awarded a contract to install a 24-inch trunk sanitary sewer along the west side of Wynn Road starting just north of Eagles Landing Drive and ending just south of the Wynnscape subdivision.

The work will be in the existing public right of way along Wynn Road, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The trunk sanitary sewer will have will have the capacity and depth to be extended down Cedar Point Road to the east in the future. Some sanitary sewer crossovers will be provided for future service to properties on the east side of Wynn Road that do not currently have access to a sanitary sewer.

The Ottawa County Prosecutor is expanding his policy covering updates of legal issues by making them available not just to law enforcement agencies in the county but also to the public.

Mark Mulligan last week said he will provide the updates – known for years in local law enforcement circles as “Mulligrams” – to local news outlets as well as police agencies.

He began sending the updates to the agencies shortly after he began prosecuting cases to keep officers up to date on developments in criminal justice.

“The law is not static and justice requires keeping up with the latest developments,” he said, adding the county’s law enforcement officers have come to depend on these updates as one source of current information.

Marine debris is a problem that’s easy for most people to ignore on a daily basis – but it’s not something you can ignore when it’s tangled in your trawl net, inside the stomach of the fish you catch or under your microscope in the lab.

To help address the problem in the Great Lakes, staff from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program have partnered with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab on a variety of education and outreach programs that focus on preventing marine debris and minimizing its harm on the environment. Marine debris, especially plastics, has direct and indirect impacts on wildlife and the ecosystems of our oceans and other waterways.

“Marine debris is a global problem, not just an ocean problem,” explained Sarah Lowe, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program. “Essentially the same types of debris are found in the Great Lakes: There are the general litter-type items, there are microplastics problems, and there’s derelict fishing gear that we see in both places, so it’s really one and the same issue.”

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