By DENISE GRANT
Crews clearing the Blanchard River of logjams are now east of the Findlay Reservoirs, along Hancock County Roads 207 and 205.
Gary Tuttle, district technician for the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District, updated the county commissioners Thursday on the project’s progress over the past month.
Since July 28, Tawa Tree Service of Ottawa has removed a total of 110 trees from the Blanchard River. The company also has cleared 224 small logjams, nine mid-size logjams and four large jams.
Workers started in the spring at the Blanchard River’s outlet into the Auglaize River at Dupont, and moved upstream or east from there.
Last October, a joint board of county commissioners from the Blanchard River watershed voted to hire Tawa Tree Service to clear the river. Tawa was awarded a $381,302 contract.
Debris will be cleared from 88.5 miles of the river, including 46.2 miles in Hancock County, 34.5 miles in Putnam County, and 7.8 miles in Hardin County.
The cleanup includes removing debris from the main channel of the river. Thirty-one islands will be cleared. No sandbars will be removed. Large trees, pulled from the river, will be left along the outer treeline.
Separately, the commissioners on Thursday awarded $14,000 to Peterson Construction Co., Wapakoneta, to repair damaged doors and woodwork at the Hancock County Courthouse.