Court appoints Parham to 2nd term on MWCD Board of Directors

June 9, 2011

David Parham will serve a second term on the Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).


Parham was appointed to a new five-year term by the member judges of the Conservancy Court during a session held Saturday (June 4) in the Tuscarawas County Courthouse at New Philadelphia. A resident of the Atwood Lake region in Carroll County, Parham recently completed a full term after his original appointment to the Board of Directors in 2006.


Members of the MWCD Board of Directors are appointed by the Conservancy Court to oversee the operations and business affairs of the MWCD. The MWCD is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio that was organized in the 1930s to develop and implement a plan for flood reduction and water conservation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD manages 54,000 acres of land and water space dedicated to public use – including 10 lakes, five lake parks and eight campgrounds – in an 18-county region of eastern Ohio.


Parham has been a permanent resident in the Atwood area since retiring from the Thompson Hine LLP law firm at Cleveland in 2005. He has served as president of the MWCD Board, previously was a member of the volunteer MWCD Development Advisory Committee from 2002-06, and served as chairman of that committee in 2004.


A graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Parham served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. As a practicing attorney for 30 years, his work included cases concerning land use planning issues, products liability and zoning codes, and service as lead counsel for cases in 18 states. He also was an elected member of Shaker Heights City Council.


Other members of the MWCD Board of Directors are Steve Kokovich of New Concord in Muskingum County (current president of the Board), William P. Boyle Jr. of the Charles Mill Lake area in Richland County, Harry C. Horstman of Scio in Harrison County and Richard J. Pryce of North Canton in Stark County. Board members, who can serve a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms, routinely meet once a month in open, public session.


The Conservancy Court, which consists of one common pleas court judge from each of the 18 counties in the MWCD region, has jurisdiction over the MWCD as a court of common pleas.


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 Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


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