- Hancock County CommissionersPhillip A Riegle, Mark D Gazarek,
- Lydia MihalikMayor of Findlay, Ohio
- Scott PeytonStantec Engineering Firm
Withdraw the current plans for the Blanchard River Watershed project in Findlay, Ohio and clean the Blanchard River by removing all barriers and sediment constricting the free flow of the river.
We the people affected by the Blanchard River Watershed Proposal want the plan currently set by the Stantec Engineering firm withdrawn as it is impractical as there is no guarantee that it will accomplish the goals set forth in preventing flooding to the City of Findlay, Ohio.
The City of Findlay must stop building in floodplain areas and must dredge or remove buildup of sediment and any barriers constricting the free flowing of the river. Don't blame agricultural for all of the City of Findlay’s flooding problems. Hancock County rural residents should not completely shoulder the cost and take the loss of this enormous mistake.
Why is this important?
It is illegal for agriculture to fill in a flood plain area and induce flooding on someone else!
EPA says it is illegal to clean the river because of a bat or muscle, but it is perfectly fine to ruin the entire farms, property's in rural Hancock County, destroying family farms and livelihoods for the sake of the city of Findlay?
$9 million spent on studies and nothing to show for it?
Obliteration of century old family farms, homes, businesses, churches, cemeteries, historical landmarks, totally flooding local schools, spots fields, and landlocking homes during flood water.
Complete elimination of many livelihoods for the current generation and all future generations.
The proposed purchase price of highly productive farmland is less than ¼ of the current market value. Land purchased would be permanently out of production and would no longer pay property taxes. The claim of farmers can continue farming is totally false after the valuable topsoil is removed and used to build the dams.
No lives were lost in the 2007 flood. But, with no guarantee the dams will be fail proof, lives will be placed in danger.
$60 million dollars of damage in the 2007, this project is over $170 million dollars with only a 1% chance a 100 year flood will occur in any given year.
Landlocked areas homes and businesses surrounding the proposed diversion channels will be created.
Induced flooding to areas that have not normally flooded.
Destruction of the natural habitat in the surrounding areas including numerous American Bald Eagles nests.
Why should you support this petition?
No guarantee it will work while spending millions of dollars of taxpayers money for this massive "failure" of a project.
The proposed flood plan is unrealistic as the computer model used to create the proposal demonstrating an even two inches of rainfall over the entire surrounding area. In reality this never occurs.
Place the blame where the blame belongs. Lack of foresight in allowing urban development in flood prone areas has taken away the capacity of the ground to absorb water.
City of Findlay’s urban development has contributed to their own flooding problems by adding fill-in dirt that are in natural floodplain areas.
Millions of federal dollars will be sought to fund this project. Do you want to use your hard earned tax dollars for more federal waste?
- Phillip A Riegle, Mark D Gazarek,
Hancock County Commissioners
- Mayor of Findlay, Ohio
- Stantec Engineering Firm
Withdraw the current plans for the Blanchard River Watershed project in Findlay, Ohio and clean the Blanchard River!
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