10/12/16 – 5:14 A.M.
The engineering firm investigating flood mitigation options in Hancock County is looking at more than just a diversion channel. The Courier reports a representative of Stantec gave the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District an update Tuesday. Adam Hoff says removing dams in the river and cutting retention “benches” into the river bank are options the company is considering. Those measures would not replace am Eagle Creek diversion channel though.
The retention benches would widen the river in parts of Findlay. There are five low-head dams in the river, including one in Riverside Park. Hoff says there would have to be a discussion with the city about removing that dam.
Hoff added Stantec is looking at other ways to improve river flow. He did say dredging the river would not fix the flooding problem. Hoff says a cross-section of the river shows the bottom is bedrock. He added that means the river does a “good job of cleaning itself every time it floods.”
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