WE STAND FIRM AND UNITED WITH THE HANCOCK COUNTY FARM BUREAU AND OVER 1,000 CITIZENS WHO HAVE SIGNED OUR PETITION AGAINST THE DIVERSION CHANNEL DESTROYING OUR COUNTY. 
THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION WE WILL SUPPORT!
CLEAN THE BLANCHARD RIVER!

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(PLEASE NOTE BEFORE SIGNING - If more than one person from your household wants to sign the petition, each person must have a different email to successfully add each individual to the petition.  This is the stipulations set by Change.org. If this is a problem, please contact PLEASE@CLEANTHEBLANCHARDRIVER.COM and we will help make sure your name is added.)
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 west side of our county, destroying family farms and livelihoods for the sake of Findlay?
$9 million spent on studies and nothing to show for it?

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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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District
Contact Headquarters for US Army Corps of Engineers

How The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Destroyed New Orleans
by Bob Adelmann


 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. 
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HANCOCK COUNTY'S SACRIFICE FOR FINDLAY'S FLOODING

BLANCHARD RIVER BLOCKAGE DEMONSTRATION

We are petitioning the following:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 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 currently set by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District COMPLETELY 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 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 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 in the City of Piqua, Ohio.

 Why is this important? 

  • Obliteration of century old family farms, homes, businesses, churches, cemeteries, 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 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?

  • The US Army Corp of Engineers proposed flooding plan will cost millions of federal 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 federal dollars will be sought to fund this project.  Do you want to use your hard earned tax dollars for more federal waste? GUESS WHAT?  35% will come from your pocket book, and the remaining 65% will come from YOUR  Federal Tax dollars!

 
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?
CLEAN THE BLANCHARD RIVER!




*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 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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