MWCD lake levels now available quickly on smartphones

December 15, 2011

The current lake levels at the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) lakes now can be obtained quickly and easily by users of “smartphones.”


The MWCD has established a Quick Response (QR) code that can be scanned quickly and easily by smartphones and provides users with a direct link to current levels of the MWCD lakes.


“One of the more popular offerings on the MWCD website is the lake levels page,” said Darrin Lautenschleger, MWCD public affairs administrator. “With the enhancement of personal technology, it only makes sense to provide smartphone users with the ability to quickly find the current levels of the MWCD lakes.


“Boaters, fishermen and visitors to the MWCD lakes can check on levels before, during and after their visits to the lakes right from their phones, and the lake level reports always generate greater interest during periods of significant rainfall.”


The MWCD lake levels QR code can be found on the MWCD’s Facebook page and printed materials produced by the MWCD. Users of smartphones such as the iPhone, Android and Blackberry that are equipped with the ability to capture codes, can scan the lake levels QR code and their smartphone will take them directly to the lake levels webpage. Smartphone users are encouraged to bookmark the page for return visits.


The lake levels are monitored and reported to the website every few hours of each day by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which manages the dams at the lakes. The page can be found on the MWCD website at


The MWCD also is evaluating other content on its website and plans the development of a mobile website in the future, Lautenschleger 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 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).


For more information about the MWCD, visit and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.


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