LAST UPDATED ON 2/23/2017
Hancock United for a Better Blanchard, (HUBB), is an
organization of the landowners where the proposed western
diversion channel would be located. These landowners have
organized into one voice opposing the western diversion
channel. HUBB is collecting contributions in order to hire
professionals to be certain that all the facts about the
diversion are known and whether the government is
appropriately considering other alternatives less intrusive
to area property owners. These professionals will not be
If you would like to contribute to this effort, you may mail
P. O. Box 254
McComb, Ohio 45858
Any unused funds will be donated to the Hancock Soil and
Water Conservation for Blanchard River cleaning.
NOTE BEFORE SIGNING - If more than one person
from your household wants to sign the petition, each person must
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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
million spent on studies and nothing to show for it?
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
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
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
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 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.
flooding to areas that have not normally flooded.
Destruction of the natural habitat in the
surrounding areas including numerous American Bald Eagles
Why should you support this petition?
The current 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.
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!
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).
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.