MWCD Receives Award from US Army Corps of Engineers


December 11, 2015

Travelers along I-77 at the Stark County- Tuscarawas County line may notice a concrete batch plant, several temporary structures and a flurry of construction vehicle activity 24 hours a day on the east side of the interstate. This activity is the implementation of the Project Plan for major rehabilitation to ensure the future reliability of the 80 year old Bolivar Dam. The Project Plan includes construction of a 3-feet wide by 144-feet deep by 4,500-feet long barrier on the upstream side of the dam which will substantially reduce seepage beneath the dam and preserve the integrity of its operation. Construction is expected to be completed in 3 years.

In recognition of the efforts to create and implement the plan, the Huntington District of the US Army Corps of Engineers has recognized the Bolivar Dam team as the Dam Safety Project Delivery Team of the Year of which the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) was a major partner in this effort. The Corps’ notification letter reads, “This honor recognizes delivery of a quality product on an aggressive timeline and within budget while meeting commitments to customers and stakeholders alike. The Project Delivery Team demonstrated the principles of the Project Management Plan, implementing integrated risk management practices, and incorporating best practices and lessons learned from other projects.” The Huntington District of the USACE covers 45,000 square miles and parts of 5 states including Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

"The MWCD is committed to its role as the local cost-share sponsor in its partnership with the Huntington District of the USACE for the critical work to protect this valuable infrastructure in the Muskingum River Watershed," stated MWCD executive director/secretary, John M. Hoopingarner. MWCD will contribute $37.9 million, or 23% of the $165 million Bolivar Dam construction project as part of the local cost-share. Funding from MWCD is through the maintenance assessment and supplemented by District oil and gas revenues.


MWCD CFO/Treasurer, Jim Cugliari (left) and Chief Engineer, Boris Slogar (right) receiving the award acknowledging their integral part of the USACE, Huntington District Project Team of the Year for the Bolivar Dam.

A view from I-77 at the Stark/Tuscarawas County line looking east at the temporary concrete batch plant and construction activity for the Bolivar Dam maintenance project.


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