WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Western Lake Erie Basin was awarded $1,800,000 to continue the Blanchard River, St. Joseph’s River Watershed, Ottawa, and Swan Creek Feasibility Studies, and to further develop the watershed management plan. $1.4 million of those funds will be used to continue the Blanchard River flood mitigation study.
“The Findlay community is strongly invested in the Blanchard River flood control project, and has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars toward seeing it to completion. These funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help the Findlay community complete this important initiative and help protect homes and businesses throughout the area,” Brown said. “This flood mitigation project is critical for Hancock and Putnam County, and I am pleased to see it move forward thanks to this vital funding.”
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Brown worked to protect the funding for this and other critical watershed management and harbor dredging projects throughout Ohio. The Watershed Management Plan will help to improve flood control, navigation, water quality, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat in the region.