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Senators, congressman urge Corps of Engineers to follow bipartisan recommendation

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, today urged the Army Corps of Engineers to follow recommendations of the bipartisan Senate-House appropriations bill that would benefit the Blanchard River flood control project.

 According to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, funding flood control projects like the one in Hancock and Putnam counties not only make communities safer, they can create jobs and improve local economies.

 Because of the economic benefits of funding flood control projects, Congress increased appropriations to Corps of Engineers for Fiscal Year 2014 and mandated that these projects receive consideration for priority funding.

 The Blanchard River feasibility study is eligible for funding under the appropriations bill.

 The Blanchard river project, viewed by corps as a model for the rest of the country, is a first of its kind flood risk management project. While the local cost-share is in place, the corps estimates an additional $1.5 million in federal funding is needed to continue the project’s study phase.

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