Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $1 million in Funding to Update Berlin Reservoir Work Plan
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today announced an additional $1 million of Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations funding designated for water manual updates for three reservoirs in the Mahoning River Basin. This follows Congressman Ryan’s call for funds in October of this year. In a letter, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding to update the water control plans for the three reservoirs feeding the Mahoning River: Berlin Reservoir, Michael J Kirwan Reservoir, and Mosquito Creek Lake. The water control manual containing the water control plan was originally developed in the late 1970s. The letter laid out how--over the past several decades--conditions have changed in the watershed such that an update of these water control manuals could positively impact local businesses and recreational users who rely on the reservoirs. This funding was announced today along with a slate of additional FY19 money.
“This dedicated funding, which will facilitate updated water control plans for the network of reservoirs that feed into the Mahoning River, is absolutely critical to our community’s economic well-being. Outdated control plans have led to premature lowering of water levels – specifically at Berlin Reservoir – that hinder economic opportunities for residents in the area. I am confident that this funding and the updated protocols they’ll allow is the sensible thing to do to balance the needs of residents, as well as the safety of the whole region. That’s why I fought for it in the first place, and why I am pleased with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for seeing the value in this effort,” said Congressman Ryan.
You can read the full text of the original letter here.