The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District has agree to begin work on the flood control plan for the lower Blanchard River and the Village of Ottawa.
The conservancy voted Wednesday to take over leadership of the project at the request of both Ottawa Village Council and the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition. The coalition was formed in November 2007 to find solutions to the flooding in Ottawa.
Clark Lynn Army, director of the conservancy district, said the Army Corps of Engineer’s plan for the lower Blanchard River will be refined by the conservancy district as it works to develop designs for the project.
“We’ll want to consider the merits of the project and then sumbit all of that information to the court for its approval,” said Army. “Of course, the entire plan hinges on the State of Ohio being forthcoming with the $8 million it has promised for the construction.”
The district includes 15 counties, including: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams and Wood. The district has a three-member board of directors. A judge from each county services on the Conservancy Court, which is the decision-making authority for the district.
There are 23 active conservancy districts in Ohio. Their work focuses on flood reduction, recreation, water resource preservation and drainage assistance.
“Our residents have been so patient. This is the next step in the process and it shows progress. Finally, we will be doing something other than study,” said Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer.