The Coshocton County Beacon December 17, 2020 - Page 36

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36 • The Beacon December 17 , 2020

MWCD approves grants totaling $ 748,450.37

Members of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Board of Directors approved $ 748,450.37 in grants to 10 local organizations at the Nov . 20 meeting .
The grant program , Partners in Watershed Management , provides maintenance-assessment funds to assist local organizations to implement water-quality projects , flood reduction and mitigation programs , and watershed education throughout the 18 counties within the MWCD . Since its inception in 2009 , this program has provided over $ 9.5 million in grant funding for 135 projects .
“ There is a tremendous need across the watershed to provide funding to communities , universities and other conservation organizations for projects that protect citizens ,” said Craig Butler , MWCD executive director . “ These projects help to prevent costly flooding , minimize soil erosion and nutrient
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The grant program , Partners in Watershed Management , provides maintenance-assessment funds to assist local organizations to implement water-quality projects , flood reduction and mitigation programs , and watershed education throughout the 18 counties within the MWCD . loss from agricultural operations , assist with upgrading essential community services , and preserve and rehabilitate sensitive lands for public use . MWCD is proud to be a sponsor of these projects as they support our core mission and allow us to give back to the communities that are in our backyard .”
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 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 Sept . 1 , 2021 . 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 .
Call Lynn Gilland , administrative specialist , at 330-556-4817 or email lgilland @ mwcd . org . Further information about the PWM program can be found at
www . MWCD . org .
The 2021 Partners in Watershed Management grant recipients are listed below :
Western Reserve Land Conservancy , applicant ; Richland County ; Black Forest Conservation Land Acquisition , project title ; $ 3,930,000 , project cost ; and
$ 165,000 , amount requested .
Youngstown State University , applicant ; Carroll and Harrison counties ; Atwood and Tappan Reservoir Nutrient Loading Study , project title ; $ 84,012 , project cost ; and $ 48,562 , amount requested .
Rural Action , applicant ; Coshocton County ; Walhonding Water Quality Study , project title ; $ 56,939.50 , project cost ; and $ 28,483.50 , amount requested .
Ashland County SWCD , applicant ; Ashland / Holmes / Richland counties ; Cover Crop Equipment to Reduce Soil Loss , project title ; $ 54,789.60 , project amount ; and $ 46,600 , amount requested .
Coshocton County Engineer , applicant ; Coshocton County ; Flood Warning Signage , project title ; $ 24,618.36 , project cost ; and $ 19,694.70 , amount requested .
City of Green , applicant ; Summit County ; Boettler
Park Rain Garden / Water Quality Education , project title ; $ 16,150 , project cost ; and $ 14,025 , amount requested .
City of Mount Vernon , applicant ; Knox County ; Kokosing Riverbank Restoration , project title ; $ 1,082,567.92 , project cost ; and $ 200,000 , amount requested .
Coshocton County Engineer , applicant ; Coshocton County ; County Road 410 Box Culvert Upgrade at Will Creek Reservoir , project title ; $ 89,086.46 , project cost ; and $ 71,269.17 , amount requested .
Ohio FFA Camp , applicant ; Muskingum and Carroll counties ; Sanitary Sewer System Relining , project title ; $ 186,347 , project cost ; and $ 175,347 , amount requested .
Warwick Township , applicant ; Tuscarawas County ; Community Flood Study , project title ; $ 50,000 , project cost ; and $ 50,000 , amount requested .

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