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MWCD selects firm for shoreline work

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New Philly company bids $259,000 on Seneca Lake projects
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio -- A New Philadelphia company has been awarded contracts to complete a total of 11 shoreline stabilization projects during the upcoming winter at Charles Mill and Seneca Lakes.
Members of the Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) approved two contracts for Tucson Inc. of New Philadelphia on its low bids for the projects at Charles Mill Lake near Mansfield in Ashland and Richland counties, and Seneca Lake in Guernsey and Noble counties. Tucson bid nearly $237,000 for the six projects scheduled to be completed this winter at Charles Mill Lake, and over $259,000 for the five projects planned at Seneca Lake. A total of seven companies submitted bids for the projects.  MWCD officials said they were pleased with the bids from Tucson, which actually were less than the estimates for the work at both lakes. The projects at Charles Mill Lake carried an engineer’s estimate of $350,000 and the projects at Seneca were estimated to cost $300,000.
Over the past three years, the MWCD has completed nearly 70 shoreline projects at a cost of $3.6 million and leading to the improvement of nearly 4.5 miles of shoreline. The MWCD has identified nearly 500 shoreline projects that need to be addressed as part of this routine maintenance program to ensure the continued effective performance of the reservoirs for flood reduction and water conservation benefits.
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.

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