MWCD executive director participates in Ohio River Basin summit

November 2, 2009

The executive director of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) served as a panel member during a discussion about watersheds at the recent Ohio River Basin Water Resources Summit held in Covington, KY.

John M. Hoopingarner presented information and answered questions as part of a panel that discussed “Watershed Collaboration” during the event. Hoopingarner was joined by panelists from the National Park Service, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Ohio University and The Nature Conservancy.


The two-day event brought together 43 different agencies and organizations to raise awareness of the shared interest of a healthy and sustainable Ohio River Basin, which includes the Muskingum River Watershed in Ohio.


“The information presented and discussed throughout the conference helps all of us in the work of managing water resources to recognize the complex challenges that we have, priorities that need to be identified and the impacts of our work on the Ohio River Basin,” said Hoopingarner. “The Ohio River Basin includes all or portions of 15 states and approximately 10 percent of the United States population.”


The MWCD is a political subdivision of the state of Ohio that was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the 18-county Muskingum River Basin. A total of 16 dams and reservoirs in the basin have been responsible for saving more than $7 billion in potential property damage, according to the federal government. The Muskingum River empties into the Ohio River at Marietta.


Hoopingarner has been associated with the MWCD for 30 years, serving as legal counsel to the agency for 10 years and the past 20 years as its executive director/secretary.


During the summit, participants were active in discussion to identify key challenges, strategies for addressing those challenges and to determine who can best implement those strategies. A follow-up meeting will be held in February in Columbus to work toward establishing a shared vision for the Ohio River Basin.

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