Ohio suffered devastating floods throughout the last century.
It seemed as if no city or county of Ohio was immune to flooding;
Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati and Medina and Wayne counties all
suffered horrific flooding.
The Chippewa Creek runs through Medina and Wayne counties to the
Tuscarawas River and has been the
source of major flooding in both urban and rural areas.
The constant flooding of our region prompted local citizens to
come together to create a solution to protect their families,
homes and businesses. Local citizens recognized that the devastating
flooding would continue until a plan was developed and a regional
flood control system was implemented.
The Chippewa Subdistrict of the MWCD evolved through the efforts
of citizens and many partnering organizations and governmental
The Chippewa Creek Watershed Project is a flood-control program
that began in 1956 and was completed in 1980. It included the
construction of 8 dams and encompasses 188 square miles (more
than 120,000 acres). The watershed project was established to
reduce the acreage prone to flooding and to decrease the time
periods of inundation.
The success of the Chippewa Subdistrict reflects what can occur
when motivated citizens work toward a common goal that benefits