2 appointed to seats on MWCD advisory committee

August 29, 2013

JoEllen Hayes of Cambridge and James Schoch of New Philadelphia have been appointed to seats on the 18-member volunteer Development Advisory Committee (DAC) of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).

Members of the MWCD Board of Directors approved the appointments of Hayes and Schoch during a recent meeting. DAC members provide advice and guidance to the MWCD Board and staff through an organized public support system for responsive and effective economic development, conservation and recreation programs by the MWCD.

“The MWCD is fortunate and very thankful to add Ms. Hayes and Mr. Schoch to the DAC, joining a group that has provided the conservancy district with outstanding ideas and suggestions over the years,” said John M. Hoopingarner, MWCD executive director/secretary.

Hayes, a Noble County native, owns farms with her husband in that county that are managed according to forestry plans. She is retired as the administrator of her family’s veterinary hospital practice, and has had experience as an attorney in private practice, an assistant prosecuting attorney in Guernsey County, a high school science and biology teacher, and as a natural history division naturalist for the Ohio Historical Society.

Hayes holds bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from Ohio State University, and earned a teaching certification from Muskingum University. She has been and continues to be involved in a variety of civic and community improvement organizations, and is a former elected member of the East Muskingum Board of Education.

Schoch, a Carrollton native, is retired from a career in banking, including serving as president for National City Bank in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties. He serves as the chairman of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation Inc., is a member of Atwood Yacht Club and is an outdoorsman who fishes at Atwood, Seneca and Tappan lakes.

A graduate of Malone University, he also has received banking education from the University of Colorado, Northwestern University, Ohio University and the University of Wisconsin. Schoch is the treasurer and an executive board member of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance and serves as the business advisor for the Small Business Development Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas. He also has been involved in numerous civic and community improvement organizations in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, and is a former elected member of Carrollton Village Council.

Organized in 1992, members of the DAC are appointed to their seats by the MWCD Board of Directors, serving staggered terms of three years with a limit of two consecutive full terms. The DAC also has provided recommendations on MWCD-related items for consideration by the Board of Directors.

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving an estimated $10.7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

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