Subdistricts are smaller organizations located within the boundaries of a conservancy district
that are operated through the resources of the larger conservancy district. They are provided for in the state law that oversees conservancy districts - Section 6101 of the Ohio Revised Code - and usually are created through landowner initiative and petition.

There is one active subdistrict in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District - the Chippewa Subdistrict located in portions of southern Medina and northern Wayne counties.

Muskingum Watershed Subdistricts

The Chippewa Creek Watershed Project is a flood-control program that began in 1956 and was completed in 1980 with the construction of eight dams. It encompasses 188 square miles (more than 120,000 acres).

The watershed project was established to reduce the acreage prone to flooding and to decrease the time periods of inundation. The Chippewa Creek flows to the Tuscarawas River and has been a source of major flooding in the watershed.

The subdistrict has an office located in the Seville area of Medina County. A watershed specialist staffs the office and oversees maintenance of the system of dams and reservoirs, as well as responding to inquiries from property owners and residents of the Watershed.

Four other subdistricts have been operated through the assistance of the MWCD, but are not currently active. They are the Black Fork Subdistrict, the Buffalo Creek Subdistrict, the Clear Fork Subdistrict, and the Duck Creek Subdistrict.