Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Board Approves Half Million $ in Grants

By Barb Bennett

February 23, 2017

The Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) recently approved $500,000 in grants to nine local organizations. The grant program, called Partners in Watershed Management (PWM), provides for the use of maintenance assessment funds to assist local communities, groups, and organizations in implementing water quality projects, flood reduction and mitigation programs, and watershed education efforts throughout the 18 county Conservancy District. Since its inception in 2009 this highly successful program has provided over $6.26 million in grant funding for 93 projects throughout the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The total project cost for the nine 2017 projects is $1,314,195 meaning for every $1 granted by MWCD in 2017 another $2.62 of funding is leveraged from other sources for the specified water quality project. The nine projects approved for PWM grant funding in 2017 include the following:

 

2017 Approved PWM Projects

 

 

 

Applicant

County

Project Title

Project Cost

Grant Approved

1

Holmes County Park District

Holmes

Killbuck Wetlands Acquisition and Conservation

$122,648

$25,000

2

Washington Township

Holmes

Twp. Rd. 451 Stream Bank Stabilization

$77,300

$65,000

3

City of Mt. Vernon

Knox

Blackberry Alley Restoration using innovative detention and water quality measures

$370,267

$135,000

4

Heidelberg University

Morgan

Muskingum River Gage at McConnelsville

$20,580

$10,000

5

City of Zanesville

Muskingum

Lock 10 Debris Removal on the Muskingum River

$176,000

$55,000

6

City of Massillon

Stark

Tuscarawas River Improvement Corridor Planning

$30,119

$22,500

7

Village of Wilmot

Stark

Wilmot Stream Restoration

$439,094

$130,000

8

City of Green

Summit

Regional Stormwater Basin Study

$59,500

$45,000

9

City of Dover

Tuscarawas

Dover Low Head Dam on the Tuscarawas River - Biological and Water Quality Monitoring Study

$18,687

$12,500

 

TOTAL

 

 

$1,314,195

$500,000

 

About the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

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 the State of Ohio. The District includes 18 counties and covers 8,000 square miles which is 20% of the state. The District’s 16 reservoirs and dams have been credited for saving an estimated $11.9 billion of potential property damage from flooding, per the federal government. In addition, over 5.5 million customers a year use the District’s recreational facilities throughout Eastern Ohio which bolsters the region’s economy and augments the quality of life for Ohio’s residents. For more information about the MWCD visit www.mwcd.org.

 

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