Corps to host Mahoning River Basin water management study public meeting

Published July 1, 2019
Updated: June 24, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will be hosting a public meeting to collect community input about its Mahoning River Basin water management study.

WHO: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District.

WHAT: The Pittsburgh District is hosting a public scoping meeting for its Mahoning River Basin water management study. The study will look at the operations of Mosquito Creek, Michael J. Kirwan and Berlin reservoirs in relation to the projects’ authorized purposes and basin-wide interests.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 26.
Presentations will be given at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. followed by opportunities to speak directly with district staff and submit comments.
WHERE: There will be two meetings, June 26:

Trumbull County Extension Office, 520 West Main St, Cortland, Ohio 44410, and

Michael J. Kirwan’s Resource Manager’s Office, 8657 Kestrel Way, Wayland, Ohio 44285

Both meetings will have the same information presented at them with the same presentation schedule.

WHY: Public engagement is vital in helping the Pittsburgh District optimize operations of the three federal dams and reservoirs within the Mahoning River Basin. The purpose of this meeting is to collect community input about the opportunities and challenges regarding current or future reservoir operations and for the district to inform the public of the water management study process. This meeting is an opportunity to learn how the district plans to study reservoir operations in the Mahoning River Basin or submit concern about the study.

BACKGROUND: The Pittsburgh District received $1 million in Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations to review and update its water management operations at Mosquito Creek Lake near Cortland, Ohio; Berlin Lake near Berlin Center, Ohio; and Michael J. Kirwan Reservoir near Wayland, Ohio. These three federal reservoirs reduce the risk of flooding to downstream communities, provide environmental flows to sustain water quality and yield other benefits such as recreation, aquatic ecosystem enhancement and water supply.

Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York within the Upper Ohio River Basin. The district’s jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.

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Carol Vernon, PAO Chief
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Release no. 19-012