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Reps seek funding to update Mahoning Valley Reservoir water control plans

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Two representatives are coming together to push for funding to update Mahoning Valley Reservoir water control plans.

Representatives Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, urged the United States Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding to update the water control plans for the three reservoirs feeding the Mahoning River including the Berlin Reservoir, Michael J Kirwan Reservoir, and Mosquito Creek Lake.

The representatives said the water control manual containing the water control plan was originally developed in the late 1970s.

The letter, which was signed by both members, laid out how conditions have changed in the watershed.

Ryan and Johnson said an update of these water control manuals can positively impact local businesses and residents who rely on the reservoirs.

"Updating the water control plans for the network of reservoirs that feed into the Mahoning River is critical to our community's economic well-being," said Ryan.

He continued saying that "outdated control plans have led to premature lowing of water levels - specifically at Berlin Reservoir - that hinder economic opportunities for residents in the area. Providing funding to update these protocols is a sensible thing to do to balance the needs of residents, as well as the safety of the whole region," 

"Updating the water control plans for these three reservoirs is long overdue, and I am hopeful this letter will encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to take swift action. We must balance the economic needs and opportunities of the Berlin Lake community, while appropriately addressing related safety and water control concerns. I'll continue working to find real solutions to address this issue," Johnson said.

You can read the entire letter below.

We write to urge the United States Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding to update the water control manuals for the three reservoirs feeding the Mahoning River: Berlin Reservoir, Michael J Kirwan Reservoir, and Mosquito Creek Lake.  The water control manual containing the water control plan was originally developed in the late 1970s.  Over the past several decades, conditions have changed in the watershed such that an update of these water control manuals could positively impact the socio-economics of the region. It is also the case that the drawdown to winter pool elevation at Berlin Reservoir begins in July, which negatively impacts recreational use of the lake and, and as a result, creates a lack of opportunities for socio-economic benefits.  It is our understanding this drawdown occurs to meet flow requirements for the river and not for flood risk management. We, therefore, request your support for Fiscal Year 2019 workplan funding for these important water control plan updates.  

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