MWCD receives $3.7 million in watershed funding requests

March 5, 2010

Programs seeking $3.7 million in funding to reduce flooding and improve water quality in the Muskingum River Watershed have been submitted to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) for consideration in 2010.


The MWCD, which launched its “Partners in Watershed Management” program in 2009 to support work, reduce costs and leverage cost-share dollars by other agencies and communities in the watershed, is reviewing 19 proposals for funding. The MWCD has about $900,000 available for the programs and also plans to call on other water management professionals from Ohio for assistance in making recommendations for funding awards to the MWCD Board of Directors at an upcoming meeting.


“We are pleased to have received so many outstanding projects submitted for funding requests,” said Boris E. Slogar, MWCD chief engineer. “The MWCD has some very difficult choices to make for this year’s funding because of the quality and the impact of the submitted projects.


“In all cases, the participants will be leveraging their resources to obtain additional dollars from not only the MWCD but other funding sources as well. This also will permit the MWCD to have a greater impact on flood reduction and water conservation and quality in the Muskingum River Watershed.”


Project proposals were submitted to the MWCD from throughout the watershed, which covers an 18-county area that spans from southern Summit County to where the Muskingum River meets the Ohio River at Marietta in Washington County. The Muskingum River Watershed is the state’s largest wholly contained watershed.


Slogar said the Partners in Watershed Management program was created by the MWCD to:


- Support the work of agencies and groups involved in conservation programs, water quality issues and flood reduction and mitigation projects.


- Provide assistance to local communities, agencies and groups involved in projects and programs that support the conservation and flood reduction components of the mission of the MWCD.


- Leverage other cost-share dollars.


In 2009, the MWCD program provided funding to assist several projects, including an acid mine remediation program at Piedmont Reservoir in Belmont County; a flood reduction and water quality improvement project in the city of Canton in Stark County; and a mitigation project in Carroll County where 30 homeowners were relocated away from a flood-prone creek that had caused damage on several occasions.


“These programs that already have occurred and those that the MWCD will participate in during the future will have a positive impact on the lives of the residents of the watershed,” Slogar said.


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 Basin. Since their construction, the reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government.

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