The construction of the dams and modifications to Chippewa Creek
and its tributaries through the Chippewa Watershed Project were
funded through a federal program. Funding for the ongoing maintenance
of the creek channel, flood control structures, banks and berms
comes from an assessment of the properties within the Chippewa
"Who paid for construction of this project?"
92% of the construction costs were paid with Federal funds while
the remaining 8% were paid with local funds.
"Who pays for maintenance of this project?"
A maintenance assessment was established for all properties within
the Chippewa Subdistrict for the operation and maintenance of
the Chippewa Flood Control Project. Tax bills for all properties
within the Subdistrict indicate the amount each property owner
contributes towards this fund.
Assessment dollars are used for the following:
- Removing trees, brush, and other obstructions which block
or impede the flow of water along Chippewa Creek, Little Chippewa
Creek and the River Styx.
- Repairing erosion, slips, and channel bank failures.
- Repairing and replacing drains, culverts, catch-basins, and
gate structures (there are more than 600 of these types of structures
along 33 miles of channel).
- Removing sediment to restore flood storage capacity of the
- Mowing and maintaining dam slopes and surfaces.
- Mowing and maintaining channel banks and access points.
- Maintaining spillway systems and clearing debris that clogs
- Maintaining the dams in compliance with Ohio Dam Safety Regulations.
- Educating and informing the community of the importance of
the flood control measures and the Chippewa Flood Control System.