MWCD launches free notification system for lake alerts, information

November 26, 2013

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) announced today (Nov. 26, 2013) that it has launched a free notification system to provide information about emergencies and other important alerts at the lakes and recreational facilities operated by the conservancy district.

The MWCD Notification System provides participants with time-sensitive messages and alerts through telephone calls, texts and e-mails, or any combination of those. Participants also select any combination of the MWCD lakes and facilities that they want to receive alerts about.

“This system is completely free for our guests and visitors and will be available any time, so that whenever a situation may occur to prompt an alert, it will be sent quickly and easily to the users,” said Scott Tritt, MWCD’s safety administrator. “This notification system enables the MWCD to provide users with critical information quickly in a variety of situation, such as severe weather, road closures, unexpected changes in lake conditions and much more. And you pick exactly how you will receive the messages through the system.”

Registration is free, easy and only takes a few minutes by visiting the MWCD website at www.mwcd.org and clicking on the “MWCD Notification System” banner at the top of the page. All information entered into the system is strictly confidential and will not be shared or sold to any other parties, Tritt said.

Alerts will be sent for the following 10 MWCD lake areas:

Atwood Lake

Charles Mill Lake

Clendening Lake

Leesville Lake

Piedmont Lake

Pleasant Hill Lake

Seneca Lake

Tappan Lake

Wills Creek Lake

Kokosing River

“Changes can be made to your registration at any time by simply visiting the website and making the updates,” Tritt said. “This truly is a very user-friendly system that enables our guests and visitors, or anyone with an interest in the MWCD lakes, to be informed about critical information in a timely manner.”

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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