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THANK YOU FOR PULLING HANCOCK COUNTY ISSUE 3

TAX INCREASE OFF THE NOVEMBER BALLOT!

Finally, some common sense! 

Now, let's ALL work together to solve the Blanchard River flooding issue for ALL of us in the watershed.  Start by including and listening to ALL of your constituents, not just the power, money and personal agendas from the city of Findlay.  Your constituents also include ALL of the Hancock County Township Trustees, rural residents, farmers, professional drainage experts, Hancock County Farm Bureau, HUBB, etc. These folks can shed some educated facts on water and drainage since most of them are directly influenced, live by or make a living from land draining into the Blanchard River watershed. Water drainage is important to ALL of us, not just the city of Findlay. Although we may not have an engineer degree, we do have common sense on how water flows, and how it drains. We also understand building on flood plains and building more roofs, asphalt and concrete does increase flooding percentages.  Enough money spent on studies that suggest to flood our neighbors so Findaly can stay dry.  Stop ignoring the simple solutions.  

Flooding thy neighbor is not the solution!

Plugged drains overflow! 

Hancock United for a Better Blanchard, (HUBB), is an organization of the landowners where the proposed diversion channels, dry basins, levees, dams throughout Hancock County. These landowners have organized into one voice opposing any proposal suggesting to place the full burden, flood neighbors, destroy communities and demolish livelihoods. HUBB is collecting contributions in order to hire professionals and will be financing other campaigns to fight our cause.   We want to be certain that all the facts about the diversion, levee, dry storage basins are known and whether the government is appropriately considering other alternatives less intrusive to area property owners. If you would like to contribute to this effort, you may mail contributions to:

HUBB
P. O. Box 254
McComb, Ohio 45858
Or click on the contribution button


It is illegal for agriculture to fill in a flood plain area and induce flooding on someone else
Where is the leadership in Findlay?
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 over 3,000 acres of family farms, livelihoods for the sake of the city of Findlay?
$11 million spent on studies and nothing to show for it?
All influenced by BIG CORPORATE in Findlay, Ohio.  Another Swamp Government overreach!
Example of the
"STUPIDITY" we are dealing with: During the July 2017 flood, a large group of Findlay city/Hancock county officials, politicians, engineers all congregated with a backhoe along Bright Road and Rt. 568 along side of the flooded Blanchard River.  They dug a hole and attempted to jack hammer a hole in a main tile outlet.  (Keep in mind the water level was high and above flood stage, while they were digging 4-6 feet below ground surface.)  These officials preceeded to break a hole in the tile "actually believing" they would create a big suction and the vacuum of the "empty" tile would pull water into the tile and draining the flood water.  Instead to their surprise the tile was FULL OF WATER! Instead of witnessing a rush of flood water filling the tile outlet, they had to be disappopinted while witnessing a little gurgle and blurp. The FULL tile continued to hold the water waiting patiently for the river to receded, and the water to seek its level. FOLKS, THIS IS OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!  How many times have the rural and county folks attempted to explain this simple concept of tile and water drainage only to fall on deaf ears?

What part of 3rd grade science class did these politicians miss?
1) WATER SEEKS ITS OWN LEVEL. 
2) UNDERGROUND TILE ARE FULL DURING A FLOOD. 
3) UNDERGROUND TILE ACT LIKE A HUGE UNDERGROUND RESERVOIR DURING A FLOOD, HOLDING WATER UNTIL THE RIVER RECEDES.  THEN THE FIELD TILE DRAIN INTO THE RIVER. 


View WTOL video of Matt Hartman, Facebook Video
CONTACT INFORMATION
ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND SAY NO TO THE FEDERAL FUNDING AND ASK FOR THE WITHDRAW OF THE BLANCHARD RIVER FLOOD PROPOSAL.
Contact the U.S. House Of Representatives
Contact your Congressman
Contact Ohio Congressmen
Contact Hancock County Commissioners
Contact the City of Findlay Mayor
Contact Stantec Engineer Scott Peyton - (513) 842-8217
Contact Maumee Watershed Conservancy
 

 ADVANTAGE OF CLEANING THE BLANCHARD RIVER
The Hancock County Fair Farm Bureau tent display Blanchard River demonstration. This demonstration was put together from the actual river off of Google Maps. This demonstration proves how much advantage Findlay, Ohio would gain to simply clean the Blanchard River. Removing build up, sediment, log jams, trees, straightening, widening the river does not flood the city of Findlay. Notice how much more efficient and free the water flows in the clean river. Notice the consistent flooding of the clogged river over the entire river verses the cleaned river. The only water outside of the river banks on the cleaned river is from the pouring of the water jugs. Witness for yourself and you be the judge!
 
ADVANTAGE OF FIELD TILE
Watch a simple demonstration of the advantages of field tile. The right container has tile or outlet on the bottom, the left container has no outlet but only surface drainage. This simulates a rain on a field with and without tile. Watch how fast the “No drainage” container drains the surface water immediately into the river or drainage ditch. The sub surface or tiled field container with the bottom drain drains is slower with less immediate run off. This water is also the last to drain during a flood as it will not drain until the water level is below the drain tile.

MORE ILLEGAL FILL IN DIRT BEING HAULED INTO
FLOOD PLAIN AREAS FOR FINDLAY DEVELOPMENT

20 + loads of dirt being hauled in from elsewhere to Findlay housing development filling in a low lying area around new house. Was told by the city that it was illegal but that a neighbor would have to file a complaint before anything would be done. Typical everyday happenings for the developers in Findlay. (a shared video)

PHOTOS TAKEN DURING FLOOD IN JUNE 2015
PROVING THE RIVER NEEDS CLEANED
Photos courtesy of Steve Ruggles. 
Click on photo to view the Facebook post

HANCOCK COUNTY'S SACRIFICE FOR FINDLAY'S FLOODING

BLANCHARD RIVER BLOCKAGE DEMONSTRATION

We are petitioning the following:

  • City of Findlay, Ohio, Hancock County Commissioners

 What results do we expect?

  • WE THE PEOPLE affected by this Blanchard River Watershed Proposal want the latest plan set by the Stantec Engineering Firm COMPLETELY withdrawn as it is impractical, too expensive, and zero guarantees 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 flood plain areas and must dredge or remove buildup of sediment and any barriers constricting the free flowing of the river. Don’t blame agriculture for the City of Findlay’s flooding problems, while the city continues laying asphalt, concrete and major shopping malls and stores on river bottom areas. Hancock County rural residents should not shoulder the cost, lose their farm land and accept the burden of this enormous mistake made by the City of Findlay.

  • Instead of diverting the river, ruthlessly taking 1000's of acres of farm land  and destroying the entire countryside of Hancock County with this massive "failure" project, build a levee with high walls along the banks of the river through the City of Findlay.  Example: The Great Miami River, Olentangy River, Scioto River

 Why is this important? 

  • Obliteration of century old family farms, homes, businesses, churches, cemeteries, schools,  historical landmarks.

  • Complete elimination of many livelihoods for the current generation and all future generations.

  • The proposed purchase price of highly productive farm land is less than ¼ of the current market value. Land purchased would be permanently out of production and would no longer pay property taxes in Hancock County.

  • Landlocked areas surrounding the proposed dry storage basins and dams will be created.

  • Induced flooding to areas that have not normally flooded.

  • Surround local school with flood waters, acres and acres of farm land that never floods will be flooded and turned into swamp land. 

  • Destruction of the natural habitat in the surrounding areas including numerous American Bald Eagles nests in the rural area.

Why should you support this petition?

  • The current proposed flooding plan will cost millions of tax payer’s dollars to construct with no provisions for the maintenance, the damage to infrastructure (roads, etc.), and loss of income to Hancock County, and has absolutely NO guarantee it will work or be effective during a flood.

  • The proposed flood plan is nonrealistic as the computer model used to create the proposal demonstrating an even two inches 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 created to their own flooding problems by adding fill-in dirt in natural flood plain areas.  This act is illegal in the agriculture community! Where is the leadership and ethics in Findlay?

  • Millions of dollars will be sought to fund this project, plus the maintenance is a tremendous cost.  Do you want to use your hard earned tax dollars funding this mistake? $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.

  • No lives were lost in the 2007 flood.  But, with no guarantee the dams will be fail proof, chances are good lives will be placed in danger.

 
The June 2015 flood saw more flooding in places never seen before. 
Why? More and more log jams (like this) diverting water.


Quote from U.S. Army Corps of Engineer study:

The Blanchard River has reached or exceeded major flood stage 25 times since 1913. Of these, ten flood events have occurred since 1990. For events between 1990 and the present, five are among the top ten stages ever recorded; three have peaked at more than three feet over major flood stage, and one event in August 2007 reached a peak stage of only 0.04 feet less than the maximum recorded peak of 18.5 feet in 1913.

SINCE 1990, WHY HAVE WE SEEN MORE FLOODING?
Ask the City of Findlay how many new shopping malls, stores, housing developments,
layers of asphalt and concrete have been built on flood plain regions since 1990?
FIRST......CLEAN THE BLANCHARD RIVER! YES!
Is Findlay doing everything possible? NO
Are they using Permeable asphalt? NO
Is Findlay limiting construction in flood plain areas? NO
Has Findlay considered alternatives to downtown such as portable flood gates? NO
Has Findlay considered building levees along the river banks throughout the city? NO
In a 1" rain, the numbers calculate that Findlay cannot handle the runoff from the city itself because the river is clogged. But Findlay continues building and moving the flood plain line to suit their desires. YES


*This website, petitions and all materials are on a volunteer and donation basis. 
*We are NOT under financial assistance from any major "Sponsor." 
*We are simply defending our freedom, our homes, our land, and our livelihoods, and our future generations!
*All the statements made on this website are based on 175 years and 5 generations of experience.  Our source comes from the knowledge gained from being "Stewards of the Land" along the Blanchard River watershed for over a century (almost 2 centuries).
*The public reports from the U.S. Army Corps and the Stantec Engineering firm are not to be trusted.  Their facts, figures, and stats are consistently changing to fit the needs of a personal agenda, a big business sponsor, and to cover up the lack of intelligent leadership in the city of Findlay.
*Our facts are and will always be "true."
The facts we are dealing with are real, alive, and productive…full of history and heritage.

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