Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will sell water to drillers during the fall drawdown

Despite a plan to suspend water sales until a water availability study was completed, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District announced Monday that it will sell water from Clendening Lake in Harrison County and Piedmont Lake, mostly in Belmont County, to natural gas drillers, Akron Beacon Journal reports (See the Aug 31, 2012, blog – “Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District votes to lease land, grant right-of-way to oil and gas companies”). Because the water will be sold during the fall drawdown, when “lakes are lowered for winter,” the district’s chief of conservation said the study – due in December from the U.S. Geological Survey – is not needed “to verify that excess water is being released from the lakes during the drawdown period,” the article said.  For more, read the full story here.

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