MWCD Board of Directors Approves Up to $1.1 Million in Grants to Improve Water Quality and Reduce Flooding in the Region

November 30, 2022

Members of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board of Directors approved up to $1.1 million in grants to ten organizations at their meeting held November 18, 2022.

The Partners in Watershed Management Program (PWM), approved by the Board of Directors in June of 2009, provides funds to assist communities, political subdivisions, government agencies, and not-for profit groups in implementing water quality projects, flood reduction and mitigation programs, and watershed education efforts throughout the 18 counties within the MWCD. Since its inception in 2009 this program has provided over $12.2 million in grant funding for 177 projects.

20 applications totaling over $2.5 Million for funding assistance were received in the 2022-2023 grant cycle. All applications were initially reviewed by MWCD staff with many applications going through an independent technical review.

“We again are pleased to invest our resources in these very important projects across the district that match with our growing emphasis on conservation,” said Craig Butler, MWCD Executive Director. “These projects help to prevent costly flooding, minimize soil erosion and nutrient loss from agricultural operations, assist with upgrading essential community services, and preserve and rehabilitate sensitive lands for public use.”

The grant program is highly competitive with a multi-step review process to ensure the best projects receive grant dollars.  All applications are reviewed by MWCD staff and a select group of volunteer industry experts in the fields of dam safety/flood control, floodplain management, green best management practices, and watershed management/water quality, prior to the Chief Engineer and Chief of Conservation recommending applications for approval to the Executive Director, and the Board of Directors.

Applications for the next grant award cycle are due to MWCD by close of business on September 1, 2023.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact MWCD to discuss their projects at least 30 days prior to the application deadline to learn more about the application process and have their applications preliminarily screened for eligibility.  Please contact Lynn Gilland, Administrative Specialist at 330-556-4817 or by email at lgilland@mwcd.org.  Further information about the PWM Program including can be found at MWCD.Org.

The 2022/ 2023 Partners in Watershed Management Grant Recipients are listed below:

 

Applicant

County

Project Title

Project Cost

Amount Requested

Amount Recommended

Ashland SWCD

Ashland

 

Cover Crop Crimper

Roller

$31,910

$28,910

$28,910

Muskingum County

Engineer

Muskingum

Wills Creek Road

Culvert Replacement

$300,000

$250,000

$250,000

Nobles Pond Drainage District*

Stark

Nobles Pond

Drainage Project

$462,501

$213,341

$213,341

Northern Tuscarawas

Land Trust*

Tuscarawas

Dreher Property

Acquisition

$374,600

$93,650

$93,650

Ohio State Agricultural

Technical Institute

Wayne

Drainage Water

Management Tools

$150,430

$73,100

$73,100

Plain Township Board of Trustees*

Stark

Monarch Meadows

Preserve

$564,500

$141,125

$141,125

Village of McConnelsville

Morgan

McConnel Run

Watershed Flood Control

$131,151

$75,813

$75,813

Washington County Commissioners/MCC

Washington

County Home Creek

Restoration Project

$66,000

$60,000

$60,000

Western Reserve Land Conservancy*

Stark

Dorn Forest Preserve

$746,911

$154,000

$154,000

Zoar Community

Association

Tuscarawas

Zoar Goose Run

Conservation Project

$54,000

$47,000

$47,000

*PWM award recommendation contingent upon successful receipt of other anticipated sources of grant funding.

Subtotal

$2,882,003

$1,136,940

$1,136,940

Applications Under Further Consideration

 

 

 

 

Ashland Cemetery

Association

Ashland

Ashland Cemetery Streambank Stabilization

$263,200

$262,000

N/A

 

City of Barberton

Summit

South Barberton

Flood Mitigation

$345,925

$263,035

N/A

 

City of Marietta

Washington

City of Marietta-

Streambank Stabilization

$110,000

$110,000

N/A

 

Richland SWCD

Richland

Black Fork Log Jam

Removal

$124,132

$120,000

N/A

 

Stillwater Watershed

Partners

Harrison/

Belmont

Stillwater H&H Analysis

$200,000

$100,000

N/A

 

Tusc. SWCD

Tuscarawas

Village of Baltic

Streambank Stabilization

$110,120

$109,080

N/A

 

Village of McConnelsville

Morgan

Floodplain Property

Acquisition

$92,700

$92,700

N/A

 

 

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