The Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition was formed in November 2007 after the August flood.  The group has approximately 50 members and was organized to formulate and implement solutions to flooding in the area. Their mission statement is as follows: 

  • To develop and coordinate an emergency disaster and mitigation plan for floods occuring in the Ottawa, Ohio area that is compatible with the plans of other members of the watersheds in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
  • To address short and long term mitigation, preparedness, short and long term recovery and communications/public relations.
  • Obtain cooperation of FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State Agencies,
  • Secure commitment and continually update Village of Ottawa officials and Council, Putnam County Commissioners and Ottawa Township Trustees.
  • Recognize and create a plan that is updated on an annual basis.
  • Share plan with all citizens of affected area.
  • Substantially lessen the effects of the 100 year flood.