What's NEW

A substantial effort continues in 2015 to accelerate the maintenance program for the Chippewa Flood Control Project. The 2009/10 inventory of our 33 miles of Channel indicated that more than 400 pipe structures (typically culverts) are in need of replacement. These pipes were original to the Project, and have exceeded their expected lifespan of roughly 25 years. Current assessment dollars provide the funds to address many more pipes than was possible in the past. This year 25 pipes were replaced with much more durable HDP plastic pipe, with the work occurring in Reaches: CC12, CC10, CC07, CC04, LC02 and RS02. The cost to replace these pipes, including the restoration of access points, was roughly $237,000.

Maintenance berms alongside nearly the entire 33 miles of Channel provide us the access to perform channel inspections, periodic mowing, and the maintenance/replacement of pipes. Some of our maintenance berms are mowed annually, while others have not received sufficient attention. In 2015 nearly 1.5 miles of channel had projects to reestablish the berm.

Security gates were replaced or installed at several locations along the channels and at one of the dams.

Chippewa’s eight Flood Control Dams are in excellent condition, receiving regular mowing and debris cleanup. Emergency Action Plans and Operation & Maintenance Plans are in the process of being updated for 2 Dams, VII-C and VIII-C. All Dams are evaluated to ensure they meet current Ohio Dam Safety standards. Currently, evaluation and planning is underway to make improvements at two dams, II-A and V-D.