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Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Authorizes Short-Term Water Sales

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (“MWCD”) announced the authorization of short-term sales of water to the oil and gas industry.  The authorization of water sales is limited to Clendening Lake in Harrison County and Piedmont Lake in Belmont County, and can occur only during the fall and winter months when the lake levels are in “drawdown stage” – the release of more than 6 billion gallons of water as part of flood reduction operations.  The MWCD authorized the water sales to provide a convenient source of water for companies planning to drill in the area and to reduce truck traffic, thereby reducing damage to township roads. http://www.mwcd.org/news/2012/09/24/mwcd-board-authorizes-water-sales-at-2-lakes-in-drawdown