Group Works to Improve Muskingum River

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum Riverway Advocacy Council continues its efforts to make improvements on the Muskingum River.

MRAC reviewed several projects at their quarterly meeting including a snag removal project that was just completed. The snag removal has been worked on for four years. 150 snags were removed from the waterway from Zanesville to Marietta. MRAC is also in the process of working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on a charting project to help people navigate the Muskingum River. Their plan for dredging canals is also in the works.

“It’s a big problem even if you have the Muskingum River, a clear channel there. If you get in the canals if there’s not enough water there it’s hard to get through the channels and get to the next pool. So we’re going to work on that, dredging some of the canals with ODNR. Got a lot going on,” said Jeff Hardwick, MRAC President.

The Port of Morgan Boat Club also made a monetary donation to MRAC for $7,500. Those additional funds will be used to continue their work to preserve and protect the Muskingum River. The MRAC’s quarterly meetings are important for all the representatives from each county to update one another.

“So everybody is on the same page. And so we know which people to go to get grants. With ODNR and the Muskingum Watershed District, is also a big player in this that we work with. We’re trying to grow the membership too, get more people involved. You have 112 miles of river here that people like to use, and we want to keep it that way,” said Rick Mulledy, MRAC Vice President.

MRAC is looking for additional members to join the organization. If you are interested, you can visit their Facebook page.

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