The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated more than $1 million to Blanchard River watershed flood control studies, offering a much-needed cash infusion to efforts that had been in jeopardy of coming to a standstill.
The money may get the Corps far enough in planning to identify and promote a proposal to Congress for construction funding.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced the allocation Thursday afternoon.
Brown is a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee that decided to pour more money into the Corps' empty projects budget, particularly for flood-related projects, as Congress continues to hash out a fiscal year 2011 federal budget.
A total of $1.4 million is to be used for the watershed's Findlay feasibility study, while $1.8 million was apportioned to the Western Lake Erie Basin, which includes the Blanchard River watershed. That remainder will be used to complete feasibility studies for Ottawa, the St. Joseph's River watershed and Swan Creek.
As part of the general investigation study of the entire watershed, the feasibility studies will identify favored flood control projects.
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