WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pressed for a faster timeline on the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Study in a meeting today with officials from the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo District, which encompasses northern Ohio. Brown met with Deputy District Commander Martin Lewton, Deputy for Programs, Planning, and Project Management Thomas Switala, Chief of Programs and Project Management Ron Kozlowski, and Chief of Planning Major Martin Wargo.
“Phase I of the Blanchard study was delivered to the Army Corps’ Buffalo District in July. Given the Findlay community’s investment in this project—including hundreds of thousands of dollars committed toward seeing it to completion—I am urging the Corps to finish its review of the study quickly and begin work on the flood control project,” Brown said. “This important initiative will help protect homes and businesses throughout Hancock and Putnam counties, which is why further steps must be completed in a timely and thorough manner.”
In May, Brown announced $1.4 million in funds for the Blanchard River floor mitigation study. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Brown has worked to protect the funding for this and other critical watershed management and harbor dredging projects throughout Ohio.