At Work For Over Fifty Years
Maintaining 33 miles of channel to ensure that flood waters will recede from the land, quickly and efficiently.
The Chippewa Subdistrict of the MWCD was established in 1960 to manage and maintain the Chippewa Flood Control Project for the purpose of reducing flooding and periods of inundation.
Our goal is to efficiently and effectively manage this flood control system while encouraging the wise use of our watershed and its natural resources.
The construction of the dams and modifications to Chippewa Creek and its tributaries through the Chippewa Watershed Project were funded through a federal program. Funding for the ongoing maintenance of the creek channel, flood control structures, banks and berms comes from an assessment of local land owners in the Chippewa Subdistrict.
For more information on assessments, visit our Assessments Page
Each of our earthen dams has steel-reinforced concrete components that make up the Principal Spillway. The spillway runs continuously, and manages the water that moves from above the dam to below the dam, from the normal base flow to the largest storm event. To ensure these components are in good condition, they must be inspected. The Hubbard Valley Dam (Dam 3-A) was inspected and mapped, using state-of-the-art laser scanning technology, to provide us the best picture of its current condition and provide a base map for future monitoring. We expect to extend this technology to each of our dams.
The gate valve used to drain the pool area behind Dam 2-A needed to be replaced. It was during our routine exercising of the gate valve that we observed that the valve was not opening to its full capacity. This valve was the original valve installed in the dam when it was built in 1969. All our dams meet all the current ODNR Dam Safety requirements.