U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Explains Meeting with County Farmers


After posting the following comment on Facebook The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explains it’s meeting with Hancock County farmers: US Army Corps of Engineer please explain why some farmers are provided information and the Findlay public is not!

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, Blanchard Watershed Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager, Mike Pniewski and Hancock County Engineer, Steve Wilson did in fact meet with a group of approximately ten farmers on Tuesday March 13, 2012. The impromptu meeting was in response to information obtained by an area farmer from a subcontractor performing soil borings in the public right of way.
The information contained proposed soil boring locations overlayed on an aerial photograph which included preliminary locations of potential diversion channels. Diversion channels are one of many measures considered in the study process to reduce risk of flood damage. The information obtained is extremely preliminary in nature. However, the area farmers expressed concern to Steve Wilson about the potential diversion channels. Steve Wilson and Mike Pniewski met briefly with the small group of farmers to explain the preliminary nature of the information, and to answer questions about the study process and diversion channels in general.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting a series of public information meetings as alternatives are evaluated. The first meeting to discuss diversion channels will be held in Spring 2012, once all pertinent data has been collected and analyzed, and the alternative has been evaluated. Please continue to post questions or comments related to the study on this Facebook page.
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