Trustees deliver petitions seeking river cleaning

Several township trustees in Hancock County have joined the debate about cleaning the Blanchard River.
Trustees David Bower of Eagle Township, and Jerry Wolford of Cass Township, delivered petitions to the Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday. The petitions bear the signatures of trustees from nine of Hancock County’s 17 townships.
Both men are officers of the Hancock County Trustee Association. However, Bower said the petition drive was held independent of the association.
The petitions ask that all logjams and islands be removed from the river, and that river banks be cleared and planted with grass.
River cleanup work now underway is not that extensive.
“If this is done, we would increase the capacity and velocity of the river back to a level that 90 percent of the rains the watershed receives, would flow through the river unnoticed,” according to the petitions.
“That way, you only have to mow it every couple of years, and you don’t have to keep cleaning it all the time,” Wolford said.
The petitions say the cleaning should be done first, no matter what else is done to the watershed, “because there is only one way for the water to leave, and that is the Blanchard River.”
The argument is similar to one being made by commissioner candidate Steve Oman.

Courier reporter Denise Grant will have more on Wednesday.

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