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Water Conservation in the MWCD

MWCD was originally organized in 1933 for two primary purposes: to reduce the effects of flooding, and to conserve water for beneficial public use.

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Water conservation can take many forms. For example,

  • The Village of Cadiz uses nearby Tappan Reservoir as a source for its municipal water supply.
  • The City of Cambridge has an agreement with the MWCD for the potential use of Seneca Reservoir as a water supply if necessary. 
  • Farmers can draw water from the permanent reservoirs during periods of drought.

Monitoring and Maintenance

In 2009, the MWCD enacted a comprehensive work plan to rehabilitate and properly maintain the reservoirs. Projects are currently under way, and others will begin in the near future. Projects are funded through an annual assessment of property owners in the Muskingum River Watershed, according to Ohio law.

The MWCD’s work plan is designed to protect the performance of the reservoirs and dams for future generations, conserving valuable surface water.

The MWCD also has established the “Partners in Watershed Management Project Assistance Program” to recognize the conservation efforts of other agencies and groups that provide benefits in the operation of the system of reservoirs and dams. Through the program, the MWCD will award funding grants for eligible projects.

Residents interested in the performance of the reservoirs and dams can track them through reports prepared by the USACE and posted online several times daily.


About Osprey:      

     Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Hunting Ospreys are a picture of concentration, diving with feet outstretched and yellow eyes sighting straight along their talons.    

     The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. Ospreys require nest sites in open surroundings for easy approach, with a wide, sturdy base and safety from ground predators (such as raccoons). Usually, the male finds the site before the female arrives.



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