7/13/16 – 9:54 A.M.
Work is underway to buy land needed for a Blanchard River diversion channel in Ottawa. At an update meeting in Putnam County Wednesday, Maumee Watershed Conservancy District Director Clark Lynn Army said two property owners have been sent notices that the conservancy plans to buy parts of their property…
Audio: Clark Lynn Army
If a deal can’t be reached, the eminent domain process would likely be used to buy the land.
At a previous meeting, officials said it would only take three to four months to build the channel once the needed property is bought.
The diversion channel plan in Ottawa would help the river take a straighter path around an oxbow in the river near Ottawa-Glandorf High School. The channel is expected to reduce flooding by six to eight inches in downtown Ottawa.Read More →