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residents living along the Blanchard River are waiting for the Army Corps of
Engineers to finish their study on flooding, they may have to pay a tax to
clean the river, as well.
from counties in the Blanchard River watershed met Thursday morning to begin
finalizing a plan to clean the river. The six counties worked together in the ‘90s
to clean the river of soot and debris, and the time has come for another
river is in need of some additional cleaning, some more aggressive cleaning
than what we have done on maintenance," said Phillip Riegle, a Hancock County
coalition voted to allow the local soil and water groups to bid out the cleanup
work to contractors. Depending on the price tag and the number of grants the
project receives, one option for funding would be to institute a one-time
assessment for property owners living within the watershed.
a small assessment," Riegle said. "We're talking maybe less than $10. But that
would be the whole watershed, if we do go ahead and do that."
it won't prevent flooding, officials say while they wait for the Army Corps to
finalize their flood mitigation study, this is something they can do that will
still benefit the area.
next spring, we'll see benefits already," Riegle said. "At least some benefits
in drainage in some areas, and also with flow."
for the project are expected back in the next two months.