Legislation introduced by U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez to address flooding along the Tuscarawas River passed the U.S. House of Representatives today as part of the 2020 Water Resources Development Act. The bill, known as the Tuscarawas River Flooding Study Act, authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study on the Tuscarawas River watershed to address recurring flooding problems in southwest Summit County.
“Northeast Ohio is proud of our historic areas along the Ohio and Erie Canals, but many of these sites have seen major recurring flooding problems as a result of historical building patterns from the 19th Century, including in southwest Summit County last summer,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “I am pleased to see my bill to address these flooding problems pass the House today with bipartisan support. This is an important step towards making our communities safer and protecting the heritage we know and love.”
“The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is an organization with a mission of protecting lives and property from flooding by working with our federal, state and local partners. The MWCD supports and applauds the efforts of U.S. Rep. Gonzalez to include in WRDA a study to identify and understand the causes for flooding in the Upper Tuscarawas River basin. This comprehensive study will provide community leaders, MWCD, and other stakeholders the tools they need to make informed decisions for future projects and investments to alleviate long term flooding concerns,” said Craig Butler, Executive Director for Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
The Tuscarawas River Flooding Study Act serves as a first step towards finding solutions to address major flooding challenges in southwest Summit County and along the Tuscarawas River basin by authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility study for projects along the watershed from Canal Fulton to the Portage Lakes area. In June, Congressman Gonzalez helped secure $390,000 in federal funding for floodplain management studies in the area to help provide updated data to support mitigation efforts through the Army Corps, FEMA, and other state and local entities. Read the full text of the Tuscarawas River Flooding Study Acthere.