Ohio natural resources official to lead MWCD conservation program

December 20, 2013

A top official with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has been selected to lead the management of the natural resources and conservation programs on the 54,000 acres of public land and lakes overseen by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).

Ted Lozier, the deputy chief of ODNR’s Division of Soil and Water Resources, will assume his new duties with the MWCD in mid-January after his appointment was approved today (Dec. 20, 2013) by the MWCD Board of Directors during a meeting at New Philadelphia. Lozier, who has served in various capacities with ODNR during a career of more than 25 years, is a native of East Sparta in Stark County and grew up enjoying several lakes and facilities of the MWCD.

“My initial introduction to the lakes and reservoirs of the MWCD was through the great enjoyment I had in fishing, boating, camping and skiing as a child,” Lozier said. “But as I learned more about the construction of the dams and reservoirs, and through my professional work at ODNR, I understand how valuable the reservoirs and facilities of the MWCD are to Eastern Ohio.

“The MWCD has a staff that is committed to serving the region and to protecting this valuable infrastructure in the Muskingum River Watershed and I am very pleased and looking forward with great enthusiasm to being a part of this valuable work.”

In his position, Lozier will lead the MWCD’s conservation operations, management and staff, which includes forest and timber harvest and planting, agricultural activities, water quality testing, mineral resources management and building and maintaining partnerships with other agencies involved in flood reduction and water conservation objectives.

Lozier succeeds Sean Logan, who retired from the MWCD in November.

Lozier has served in leadership roles with ODNR for many years, including serving in his current capacity as well as being the former chief for the Divisions of Soil and Water Resources and Recycling and Litter Prevention, and as an administrator for the Water Resources Section. He also has worked as a project engineer and program manager.

He assisted with the consolidation of the Divisions of Water and Soil and Water Conservation, serves on the Division of Soil and Water Resources senior management team including managing budgets and managing staff managers and special projects, and has been involved in providing support and management for the development of legislation and implementation of the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact.

Lozier, a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master of business administration degree, is a registered professional engineer in Ohio. He also has worked in the private sector, including owning and operating his own company. He and his wife Beth have two children and reside in Galena.

“The MWCD received outstanding leadership for its conservation program from Sean Logan, and we are very fortunate and excited that Ted Lozier will be leading the conservation program for the conservancy district,” said John M. Hoopingarner, MWCD executive director/secretary. “The essence of a conservancy district is to manage the wise use of these resources entrusted to the MWCD and Ted understands that and has the experience and past performance to ensure the best decisions are being made by the staff, administration and Board of Directors.”

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 an estimated $10.7 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 www.mwcd.org and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

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