Crews tackle log jams on river

The Auglaize River Enhancement Project has been underway for some time now, and yesterday crews took to a jam in the river just north of Wapakoneta in Buckland.

According to Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart, the project began about a year ago and 23 miles of the 57 miles of river channel have been cleared so far.

“They began at the Allen Putnam County Line on the river and they’ve moved up stream toward this location,” Reinhart said. “Everything from here to Putnam County has been cleaned.”

To help keep the river flowing and safe, the project team is cutting down and removing already fallen trees.

“So far we’ve removed 1,300 severely leaning trees, 600 single trees and 150 large jams such as this one,” Reinhart said.

Reinhart explained the jams need to be taken care of because there is a great possibility for mass erosion when fallen, or dead trees are left unattended.

“Any severely leaning trees, they are to be cut and the stump left in place,” he said. “If you wait and let that tree drop in the root system and everything will tear away the bank and create an erosion problem, so if we can get them now, we’ll leave that stump system in place so that it will work as an erosion control measure.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.