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Stivers, Balderson Send Letter in Support of Buckeye Lake Region Watershed Plan

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Washington, December 18, 2018 | comments
Last week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) sent a letter to the District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of the South Licking Conservancy’s request for a watershed plan in the upcoming year. This watershed plan will help the community address water quality concerns, increase public safety and awareness, address flooding issues in the area, and provide certainty for any economic impacts the community can expect as revitalization of the Buckeye Lake region continues.
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WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) sent a letter to the District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of the South Licking Conservancy’s request for a watershed plan in the upcoming year. This watershed plan will help the community address water quality concerns, increase public safety and awareness, address flooding issues in the area, and provide certainty for any economic impacts the community can expect as revitalization of the Buckeye Lake region continues.

“Three years ago, when deficiencies were found with the dam along Buckeye Lake, we came together as a community and executed a plan to ensure the future of the region. I was proud to work with the Army Corps of Engineers, along with local and state officials, to bring the lake back to normal as soon as possible. However, there is still work we can do,” Stivers said. “A watershed plan would be critical to establishing the necessary safeguards to prevent more issues in the future that would hurt the region. I hope the Army Corps of Engineers will give this request their full consideration, and urge them to make the South Licking Conservancy watershed plan a priority.”

“I am proud to support the South Licking Conservancy watershed plan,” said Balderson. “This plan will provide much needed aid in the recovery of the Buckeye Lake region. It is my hope that the Army Corps of Engineers will recognize the urgency and importance of ensuring the long-term safety and vitality of Buckeye Lake and the many small businesses that make it a treasure of Ohio’s vibrant State Park system.”

Stivers worked with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Huntington District to secure a design/build contract for the Buckeye Lake Community, which cut the time required to make the necessary repairs to the dam. This important next step would provide the region with the guidance and resources they need to address issues when they arise and continue on the path to revitalization. Prior to being elected as the Representative for Ohio’s 12th District, Balderson represented much of Buckeye Lake as the Senator for Ohio’s 20th State Senate District. Congressman Balderson has previously worked with the local community and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help fast-track the rehabilitation project and encourage small businesses in the Buckeye Lake area to participate in the Lakes in Economic Distress Grant Program. Balderson looks forward to supporting the ongoing efforts from the Federal level.

The text of the letter can be found below, and the final PDF can be found by clicking here.

Colonel Jason Evers
District Commander
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
502 Eighth Street
Huntington, WV 25701-2070

COL Jason Evers,

Three years ago, major deficiencies were discovered in the dam along Buckeye Lake, and we learned that there would be serious consequences if it was not addressed immediately. The surrounding communities came together around a unified plan, and in unison with the Army Corps, worked to revitalize the dam and ensure the future of Buckeye Lake and the region for decades to come.

I was proud to work with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Huntington District to help secure a design/build contract for the Buckeye Lake Community, which cut the time needed for this project, and enabled the lake to return to normal as soon as possible. This has been a truly collaborative effort, and I want to thank you and the engineers at the Huntington District who have worked so hard to make Buckeye Lake safe again.

In keeping with the ongoing revitalization, I am joined by new Ohio Twelfth Congressional District Representative, Troy Balderson, in writing to ask your office to grant priority to the South Licking Conservancy’s request for a watershed plan in the upcoming calendar year. Completing this plan is critical for the continued recovery and growth of the Buckeye Lake Region. This watershed plan will help the community address water quality concerns, increase public safety and awareness, and provide certainty for any economic impacts the community can expect.

In addition, this plan will help address the continued flooding on I-70 and surrounding areas during heavy rainfalls, as well as provide guidance to overall water quality in the region. The reduction in lake levels during the dam project created a need to mitigate the water quality damage incurred over the last three years. Only a comprehensive watershed plan will enable our communities to meet these challenges and continue to revitalize the region.

Should you have further questions or require additional assistance, do not hesitate to contact Wil Lloyd, in Rep. Stivers’ Lancaster, Ohio district office at (740) 654-2654 or email at William.Lloyd@mail.house.gov, or Luke Crumley in Rep. Balderson’s district office at (614) 523-2555 or at Luke.crumley@mail.hosue.gov.

Sincerely,

Steve Stivers
Member of Congress

Troy Balderson
Member of Congress

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