MWCD grants to aid area lakes

PROJECTS at Seneca and Piedmont lakes will benefit from grants recently approved by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Board of Directors.

Both projects at the two Eastern Ohio lakes are sewer-related. They are part of the nine community projects which will receive a total of $750,000 in funding this year from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s “Partners in Watershed Management” grant program.

The grants, approved by the board of directors, assist local groups, organizations and communities in implementing water quality projects, flood reduction and mitigation programs, and watershed education efforts throughout the18-county Muskingum River Watershed region.

Funds totaling $85,000 are being provided by the MWCD to the Noble County commissioners for the sewer system design in the Seneca Lake area residential area, and the total project cost is figured at $210,000.

Going to the Harrison County commissioners from the MWCD is $8,000 as part of a $10,000 project involving a regional sewer system feasibility study for the Piedmont Lake region.

The other seven individual projects approved for 2013 in the Partners in Watershed Management program, the amount funded by the MWCD and the overall project cost are:

  • City of Massillon, Stark County modification of levee, $350,000 as part of a $2.048 million project.
  • Stark Parks, Stark County water quality educational program, $35,000 as part of a $75,000 project.
  • Huff Run Watershed, Tuscarawas County environmental education program, $25,000 as part of a $37,898 project.
  • Friends of Lower Muskingum River, Morgan County Muskingum River (Luke Chute) bank stabilization study, $10,000 as part of a $48,000 project.
  • Village of Malvern, Carroll County Big Sandy Creek bank stabilization, $115,000 as part of a $153,618 project.
  • City of Canton, Stark County Nimishillen Creek restoration, $60,000 as part of a $88,100 project.
  • Richland County Engineer Pavonia East Road bridge replacement, $62,000 as part of a $704,000 project.

Since the inception of the Partners in Watershed Management program in 2009, the MWCD has awarded a total of 37 grants worth more than $3 million to approved programs and projects. The goal of the Partners in Watershed Management program is to provide a portion of the overall funding needed for approved projects, permitting eligible recipients to access other grants and partnering efforts.

“Over the four years of our projects, we are very pleased on the return on the MWCD investment, which is greater than a 4-1 margin,” said Boris E. Slogar, MWCD chief engineer. “This is exactly as the program was envisioned and developed so that MWCD funding leverages local dollars to get important projects completed.”

Projects are funded through proceeds from the assessment of property owners collected by the MWCD to provide for the safe and effective operation of the system of reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed for flood reduction and water conservation.

Applications for Partners in Watershed Management projects are accepted by the MWCD with a deadline of Nov. 29, 2013, for projects in 2014. For details and application materials, visit the MWCD’s website at

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 more than $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. Significant portions 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.

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