MWCD to operate Seneca Marina in 2012

January 27, 2012

Seneca Marina will be operated this year by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).


The lease with the previous owner for the operation of the marina located at 16592 Lashley Rd., Senecaville, was terminated at the end of 2011.


The MWCD plans to assemble a staff for the marina and is preparing the facility for the upcoming season, said Scott Barnhart, MWCD’s chief of recreation. Extensive renovation work inside the main marina building and some new docks are priorities during the offseason months, he added.


“Our focus is on providing the basic services we have heard about directly from the marina’s customers,” Barnhart said. “The MWCD also has assembled a focus group of marina customers and others with an interest in the Seneca Lake area who are providing valuable input to our staff as we chart the future course of the marina, ensuring that it meets the needs of the Seneca Lake community.”


The campgrounds located next to the marina will remain open as usual as it is operated by Seneca Lake Park.


Barnhart said that the MWCD anticipates making announcements about an opening date, services and rates in upcoming weeks.


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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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