9/11/13 – 1:36 P.M.
The Blanchard River cleanup project will get started later this year; but that doesn’t mean efforts aren’t already taking place. Today contractors worked on removing a large logjam in the Blanchard just north of the village of Mt. Blanchard. Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District Technician Gary Tuttle says logjams can start small, but all it takes is one flood for a small impediment to become very big.
The logjam on the Miller Family farm off of St. Route 37 is big enough to be seen by satellite. It takes about a day to clear a jam that size.
While the routine maitanance helps keep water flowing, Tuttle says the upcoming cleanup will be able to get all the logjams of this size, and smaller, out at the same time.
Tuttle says to clear a jam the size of the one they were working on today it costs around $2,000.