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Ohio EPA Holding Meeting about Blanchard River Flood Reduction Project
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, to accept comments about a water quality certification for impacts related to construction of the Blanchard River flood reduction project in Findlay. The meeting will take place at the Findlay-Hancock Public Library’s Lindamood Room, 206 Broadway St., Findlay.
The project proposes excavating a floodplain bench on the north bank of the Blanchard River in Swale Park, removing four dam structures and restoring the river channel and banks at each dam removal site. The project extends from the Centennial Park Dam to Swale Park Dam, about 6,500 linear feet along the river.
The project goal is to reduce flooding near downtown Findlay. The project also should improve water quality in the river. If the certification is approved, water quality in the Blanchard River must be protected during construction.
During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the proposed project and Ohio’s water quality certification process. During the hearing, which follows the information session, the public can submit comments and questions for the record regarding the water quality certification application.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the application through July 3, 2018. Anyone may submit written comments or request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216‑1049, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The application and related materials are available for review online.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.