Since the founding of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) in 1933 and the subsequent transfer of operation of the dam structures to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Engineering group of the MWCD has been responsible for ensuring that the MWCD mission of flood reduction and water conservation is carried out through the maintenance of the reservoir system.
As the MWCD began to develop facilities including parks, campgrounds, boating facilities and cottage areas, the Engineering department expanded its scope to include maintenance of the support infrastructure for those sites. Water quality sampling and wastewater treatment facilities were added in later years to protect public health and to ensure the safety of the reservoir system and surrounding communities. The Engineering department is now responsible for capital improvement projects and maintenance associated with approximately 73 miles of roadways in the park and cottage areas, five wastewater treatment plants, 19 water supply systems, 365 miles of shoreline at 14 reservoirs, and buildings and structures located throughout the MWCD's facilities.
Today, the Engineering department also supports MWCD's mission of responsible stewardship through the region with the implementation in 2009 of the MWCD's updated work plan (Amendment to the Official Plan). Chief Engineer Boris E. Slogar, P.E., and the staff provide oversight for the program and work with an advisory committee on the selection of projects eligible for funding and/or assistance from the MWCD. The Engineering staff also works in concert with the USACE, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and other local and regional groups on implementation of various local watershed conservation projects throughout the Muskingum Basin including:
- Malwayne Flood Mitigation Project/ Carroll County
- Fairhope Nature Preserve Storm Sewer Project/ City of Canton, Stark County
- Lick Run Pond No. 1 Repair Project/ Belmont County
- Pleasant Hill Slope Stabilization Project/ Richland County
- Cabin Run Orphan Well Reclamation Project/ Belmont County
- Early Flood Warning System/ Duck Creek Watershed
- Modeling of Chippewa Creek Channel System/ Chippewa Subdistrict/ Medina and Wayne Counties
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