MWCD readies for winter shoreline stabilization projects

October 28, 2011

Bids have been awarded to a Tuscarawas County contractor for more than a dozen shoreline stabilization projects planned over the winter months at the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s (MWCD) Atwood and Clendening reservoirs.


The MWCD Board of Directors has authorized entering into two agreements with Tucson Inc. for a total of 16 project sites at the two reservoirs. Tucson’s bids totaled slightly more than $442,000 and came in more than $100,000 less than the estimated combined cost of the work.


An estimated $1.5 million worth of shoreline stabilization projects at several MWCD reservoirs will be completed during the upcoming winter months when the permanent lakes undergo their normal “drawdown” periods.


“As the routine maintenance occurs at the reservoirs, visitors and boaters will notice the shoreline stabilization and protection projects,” said Boris E. Slogar, MWCD chief engineer. “After successfully completing so many projects last winter, our staff has received plenty of favorable comments and even suggestions about locations that can be considered in upcoming years. With nearly 500 priority projects at the reservoirs, it is exciting and gratifying to tackle this work and see the interest from the public.”


Projects also are planned at Pleasant Hill, Piedmont and Seneca reservoirs. A total of 26 shoreline projects will be addressed this winter, with some of the work performed by MWCD staff members and others completed by private firms through the public bidding process.


Five companies submitted bids for 10 project sites at Atwood Reservoir and four companies provided bids for six project sites at Clendening Reservoir.


The drawdown months between November and March of each year provide the ideal opportunity for the MWCD to correct badly eroded shorelines.


When the upcoming projects during the winter of 2011-12 have been finished, the MWCD will have completed 46 individual shoreline projects in two years at a total cost of more than $3 million. The MWCD kicked off the annual maintenance program to address shoreline erosion and stability concerns at its reservoirs last winter.


The MWCD announced last year that nearly 500 individual sites comprising several miles of shoreline are in need of varying amounts of stabilization.


The work is paid for through the MWCD’s funds collected from owners of properties in the Muskingum River Watershed that receive identified benefits from the Amendment to the Official Plan of the MWCD that calls for maintenance and rehabilitation in the system of flood-reduction and water conservation reservoirs and dams in the region.


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, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. 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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