MWCD local project funding requests due in October

August 20, 2009

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 2 by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) for funding assistance for projects to be conducted in 2010 in the MWCD region that support watershed management, water quality improvements and flood reduction.

 

“The Partners in Watershed Management Project Assistance Program” is a part of the MWCD’s plan for overall maintenance and rehabilitation in the Muskingum River Watershed, including the system of flood-reduction and water conservation dams and reservoirs. The state’s largest wholly contained watershed, the Muskingum River Watershed covers the drainage area of the Muskingum River, which stretches from southern Summit County to where the river empties into the Ohio River at Marietta.

 

The MWCD program encourages funding requests from political subdivisions of the State of Ohio, non-profit IRS Section 501 groups and other organizations involved in programs or projects related to watershed management and water quality improvements in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD will fund approved applications through a portion of the assessment dollars that it collects for maintenance and rehabilitation in the watershed.

 

“The MWCD’s Amendment to the Official Plan is clear in that it is committed to the overall maintenance needs in the watershed to ensure the continued effective and acceptable levels of flood reduction and water conservation,” said Boris E. Slogar, MWCD’s chief engineer. “We also enthusiastically recognize that other agencies and groups are performing projects that assist in these efforts, and by forming strong partnerships all of the participants can maximize their financial resources.

 

“The MWCD funding assistance program is a direct method of recognition of the many worthy projects planned,” Slogar said. “Many of the projects that will be considered will have a positive impact on the operation of the system of reservoirs and dams, as well as water quality, when they are finished.”

 

Slogar said the process will consist of three basic steps: an open application period (which presently is under way until Oct. 2 for applications for projects in 2010), a review period that will include prioritization of submitted applications, and a notification period where projects selected by the MWCD are included in the upcoming year’s budget subject to final approval by the MWCD Board of Directors.

 

Additional information and a complete application package are available by contacting John Olivier at the MWCD main office at New Philadelphia toll-free at (877) 363-8500 Ext. 2255, via e-mail at jolivier@mwcd.org, or by visiting the MWCD website at www.mwcd.org/grant_program.

 

In 2009, the MWCD has provided funding assistance for a water quality project at Piedmont Reservoir in Belmont County to be conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a water quality and flood reduction program in the City of Canton in Stark County and for a flood mitigation program in Carroll County.

 

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state of Ohio, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, leading to the construction of 14 reservoirs and dams several years later.

 

The MWCD is a partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the operation of the system of dams and reservoirs and in the watershed, as the USACE operates the dams and the MWCD manages most the reservoir areas behind the dams.

 

Since their construction, the dams and reservoirs have prevented more than $7 billion worth of property damage from flooding, according to the USACE.

 

The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne and Washington.

 

For more information, visit www.mwcd.org.

 

Contact: Darrin Lautenschleger

Public Affairs Administrator

Toll-free: (877) 363-8500

Keywords: grant awards

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