MWCD Chief Engineer Named Professional of the Year

December 9, 2021

Boris Slogar, Chief Engineer of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) was recently named by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) as the 2021 OPRA Professional of the Year.

Slogar has been Chief Engineer for MWCD for 14 years. He has a 30-plus year career as an Ohio public servant with significant roles at Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Taxation. He has developed a very professional program of technical staff to work hand-in-hand with the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the 14 dams and reservoirs within MWCD are sound and safe and meet MWCD’s mission of providing flood control for the region. 

“Boris has also been instrumental in overseeing the renovations and construction within the parks,” said Craig Butler, MWCD Executive Director. “Beyond this, Boris has also led an effort to provide direct grant funding to communities within MWCD to lessen flood risk. Perhaps more importantly, he has become well known by directors and engineers in park districts throughout his region, going above and beyond to assist other districts with projects impacting water quality and flood control.”

“Boris is consummate professional who exudes humility,” said Woody Woodward, OPRA Executive Director. “Not only has he been a leader in the work at MWCD, but he has gone above and beyond to assist park districts and other conservancy districts around Eastern Ohio. He really is what parks and recreation is all about.”

Boris will be formally recognized at the OPRA Annual Conference in February 2022 in Sandusky, OH.

OPRA currently has more than 2,100 members and the association is guided by a nine-member Board of Directors and managed by a professional staff. Headquartered in Westerville, OPRA represents parks and recreation professionals and citizen board members in cities, townships, park districts and state parks around Ohio who are striving to provide quality park and recreational facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio's natural resources.

OPRA was initially organized in 1934 as the Ohio Recreation Association, with a separate organization, the Ohio Parks Association, formed in 1942. In 1963 ORA and OPA Incorporated to become OPRA.

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