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Hancock County Flood Risk Reduction Program

Our plan to reduce flood risks throughout the 350-square-mile Upper Blanchard River Watershed

  • $160M

    Construction Value

  • Hancock County, Ohio

    Hancock County, Ohio

The proposed program is expected to reduce water surface elevations in downtown Findlay by 3.6 feet during a 100-year storm

Blanchard River in Hancock County, Ohio has exceeded major flood stage 16 times since 1913. Flooding often persists for days, resulting in significant clean up and restoration expenses for the local, state, and federal governments. For example, floods in 2007 and 2008 caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District asked Stantec to develop a plan to reduce the flood risks affecting the area. We reviewed GIS and hydrologic and hydraulic (HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS) models developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, supplementing the data with watershed reconnaissance and survey and geotechnical information. After completing a site-specific hydrology study and converting the HEC-RAS model to an unsteady state model, we developed and analyzed several flood risk reduction tactics. Ultimately, the client selected five alternatives which collectively became the Hancock County Flood Risk Reduction Program.

The program includes hydraulic improvements along the Blanchard River through downtown Findlay, the Eagle Creek Dry Detention Basin, and the Blanchard River and Potato Run Dry Detention Basins in the upper portion of the watershed. This is anticipated to remove hundreds of acres and thousands of parcels from the floodplain, which will lessen the impacted areas of the community.

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Kyle Blakley, Senior Associate

I hold myself and my teammates to high standards of quality to produce effective and reliable solutions for our clients.

Derek Dalton, Associate, Senior Project Manager

I enjoy the challenge of finding custom solutions to complicated problems.
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Cody Fleece, Principal, Aquatic Ecologist

I love finding novel solutions to difficult problems.

Stan Harris, Principal

The projects I enjoy most are ones that involve a lot of geotechnical engineering and the chance to be an integral part of a design team.

David Hayson, Senior Project Engineer

Water is a powerful force that shapes our landscape. Every stream, watershed, and problem/solution is unique.

John Menninger, Vice President, Urban Watershed Sub-Sector Leader

Water shapes every facet of our world. Helping our community live with and connect to our water resources brings excitement to each day.
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Scott Peyton, Vice President, Water Resources Sector Leader

It’s important to improve accessibility and connections with our streams, rivers and greenways through restoration and enhancement.
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Kyle Blakley

Senior Associate

Derek Dalton

Associate, Senior Project Manager

Cody Fleece

Principal, Aquatic Ecologist

Stan Harris


David Hayson

Senior Project Engineer

John Menninger

Vice President, Urban Watershed Sub-Sector Leader

Scott Peyton

Vice President, Water Resources Sector Leader

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