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Last updated 6:53AM ET
July 20, 2018
WOUB Local News
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Watershed study nearly finished
(WOUB) - A watershed study in southeastern Ohio is nearly 90 percent complete and could result in the improvement of the area both environmentally and economically.

Mark Kessinger with the Army Corps of Engineers is the project manager.

Kessinger says the Appalachian Regional Commission is sponsoring the $495,000 study.

"I think the ARC has realized that water resources are a key component of economic development. That includes everything from water quality to wastewater treatment systems, water distribution systems, impacts of flooding," he said.

The primary objective is to coordinate efforts with local watershed groups and county officials to address the problems in Athens, Meigs, Gallia, Lawrence and Scioto Counties, as well as associated watersheds.

"The ARC is trying to give a boost to the economy in this region of the state and saw a need to do a study to determine what those water resource issues were and come up with a plan," he said, "looking not just county by county but as more of a regional approach to address some of those problems."

The study will include an evaluation of natural resource problems and identify the concerns of local citizens.

So far there have been public meetings in Meigs, Athens and Gallia counties.

"The public involvement process so far has been excellent. We've seen a lot of interest, people are passionate about their areas in which they live and work and they'd like to see something done," Kessinger said.

Meetings are scheduled for Scioto and Lawrence counties later this month.

The final report will go to the ARC in September and be used to possibly obtain funding from federal or state agencies to help fix the problems.
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