MWCD awards contracts for shoreline projects at Piedmont, Seneca reservoirs

December 2, 2011

Nearly $500,000 worth of shoreline stabilization projects will be completed at Piedmont and Seneca reservoirs during the upcoming winter months.


The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board of Directors recently awarded contracts for five projects at Piedmont Reservoir and three projects at Seneca Reservoir worth more than $475,000. Tucson Inc. of New Philadelphia submitted the low bid of $346,670 for the work at Piedmont, while Stanley Miller Construction of Canton submitted the low bid of $129,123 for the Seneca projects.


Construction is expected to begin at both reservoirs during the month of December and be completed by the spring of 2012.


The projects at Piedmont and Seneca reservoirs are part of the MWCD’s shoreline maintenance work, where nearly 500 priority projects have been identified at the reservoirs. A total of 26 shoreline projects will be addressed during the winter at an estimated cost of $1.5 million. The work routinely is conducted during the cold-weather months when the permanent reservoirs (lakes) undergo their normal “drawdown” periods as part of the flood-risk reduction strategy managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which manages the dams at the reservoirs.


Shoreline projects also are planned at Atwood, Clendening and Pleasant Hill reservoirs. Some of the work is performed by MWCD staff members and some is completed by private firms through the public bidding process.


When the upcoming projects have been finished, the MWCD will have completed 46 individual shoreline projects at a total estimated cost of more than $3 million in the two years since the program was implemented. The MWCD kicked off the annual maintenance program to address shoreline erosion and stability concerns at its reservoirs during the winter of 2010-11.


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 watershed.


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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In other business, the Board of Directors:


- approved a schedule of Board meetings for 2012 on the following dates: Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 23, April 20, May 18, June 2 (Conservancy Court), July 20, Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. Meetings of the Board are open, public sessions in compliance with the State of Ohio’s public meetings law. Meetings normally begin at 9 a.m. at locations that are announced in advance through the MWCD website at


- approved a slight update to the MWCD mission statement that now reads: “Responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, water conservation and recreational opportunities in the Muskingum River Watershed.”


- approved a new 40-year lease for property located at Leesville Reservoir with the Salvation Army for the operation of Camp NEOSA. The MWCD leases property for organizational and youth camps at several of its reservoirs.


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