To carry out the flood control project, the Chippewa Subdistrict
of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) was formed.
The Chippewa Subdistrict is a political subdivision of the State
of Ohio operating under the authority of Chapter 6101 of the Ohio
Revised Code. It is administered by the MWCD
Board of Directors and staff and governed by the Subdistrict
court. The court is comprised of two common pleas judges, one
from Medina County and one from Wayne County.
The Subdistrict was the vehicle to move the project forward, award
most of the contracts for construction, and manage the maintenance.
Construction of the project was supported by federal funds. The
total local cost-share for the watershed project was $2,268,000.
Total project cost was $12.19 million dollars.
Eight flood control dams were constructed: five in Medina County,
three in Wayne County. Four of the dams include wet sediment /
conservation pools; the other four impound water only during flood
times and are considered dry dams.
Channel improvements were made to 33 miles of of the Chippewa
Creek and its tributaries including the River Styx and the Little
Funds for the ongoing maintenance of flood control structures
and streams comes from the assessment
of those properties lying within the boundaries of the Subdistrict,
since all properties benefit.