MOUNT VERNON — February’s massive snows have melted slowly, sparing the dams of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District from any sudden increases in water levels. Several of the dams have been slated for repair by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Darrin Lautenschleger of the MWCD’s main office in Coshocton.
Lautenschleger said the USACE has informed the MWCD officials that the dams are doing fine. The USACE is watching the entire Ohio River Basin closely for potential issues in the basin, which includes the Muskingum, Mohican and Kokosing rivers. No problems are expected, he said.
Mohawk Dam and Beach City Dams crested Sunday; Bolivar Dam should crest today, with Dover Dam receiving the collected flow downstream and peaking around Friday. Lautenschleger said the reservoirs will operate as needed for flood control.