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The EIS will consider Federal actions associated with the proposed Flood Risk Management Study in the Blanchard River Watershed including the communities of the City of Findlay in Hancock County and the Village of Ottawa in Putnam County, OH. More specifically, this document will discuss measures to improve flood risk management, navigation, water quality, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat in a comprehensive manner in the Blanchard River Watershed, Ohio. The overall goal of the study is to reduce flood risk by saving lives and minimizing property damage in the event of floods in Findlay and Ottawa, Ohio. The plan will consider a range of structural and nonstructural measures that may be used for flood risk management in the Blanchard River Watershed.
The Blanchard River Watershed is located in northwestern Ohio, with its headwaters originating in central Hardin County. The 771-square mile Blanchard River Watershed drains into the Auglaize River in Putnam County, Ohio. The Blanchard River Watershed is characterized by alluvial flatlands prone to flooding, with significant flood damages occurring frequently at Findlay and Ottawa over the last ten years. The Blanchard River has reached or exceeded major flood stage 23 times since 1913. Nine of these flood events have occurred since 1990. For events between 1990 and 2011, five are among the top ten stages ever recorded; three have peaked at more than three feet over major flood stage; and one (an event occurring in August 2007) reached a peak that was only 0.04 feet less than the maximum peak stage ever recorded in 1913. Damages during the August 2007 event alone were estimated by the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership to be roughly $60 million in the Findlay area and $20 million in the Ottawa area. The Corps of Engineers
The Draft EIS is tentatively scheduled to be available for public review in December 2013. The Final EIS is tentatively scheduled to be available for public review in September 2014.