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Blanchard River Watershed Tour

What a beautiful day we had for our Watershed Tour on Friday, June 14th!  We were honored to have Ohio Representative Jon Cross share information about the state budget and the  water quality initiatives proposed by Governor Mike DeWine and crafted by legislative committees.  Scott Egbert, Hancock Park District representative, explained how wetlands help maintain water quality by filtering out pollutants and reduce flooding by retaining water in aquifers. Dick Kozlowski, BRWP Board member, described a potential water quality project, the Riverside Park restoration project, which involves removing sediment islands that  impede water flow. The final stop on the tour was the Lye Creek Riparian Buffer. Watershed Coordinator, Lauren Sandhu, explained how Riparian buffers slow runoff and native plants absorb excess water.   Special thanks to the Community Foundation and Jennifer Williams of Williams Consulting Services for all the support and training.  Thanks also to Hancock Park District, Kirk Brothers, and the Hancock County Commissioners for use of their facilities.