March 10, 2010

David Gogol Says Army Corps Favors United Flood Control Plan

As government officials discussed the future of flood control in Northwest Ohio, David Gogol of B&D Consulting offered advice on separate entities managing projects in different municipalities. The Army Corps of Engineers would not favor such a fragmented venture, according to Gogol in the Findlay Courier story on "Study Group Tackles Flood Control."

"The Army Corps is going to expect a long-term organization with the financing viability to enter into a complete plan," Gogol said. "Picking and choosing is not something they're going to be comfortable with."

Gogol and Scott Chinn of Baker & Daniels, the parent firm of B&D Consulting, said successful flood control entities they examined in other areas were all multi-jurisdictional groups that work well with everyone from federal and state legislators to emergency management agency leaders, the Findlay Courier reported.

Gogol and Chinn, in response to questions, said officials will have to foresee potential drawbacks to any plan and come up with solutions. "What we're all struggling with is that balance," said Chinn, according to the story. "But at some point there's just a choice to be made. Timing certainly dictates prompt action."

The meeting centered on government officials from the Blanchard River watershed looking at replacing the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership, which expects to dissolve at the end of this year.

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