Locals Concerned About River Locks

by Audry Kensicki on May 13, 2010 at 6:19 am

Some concerned citizens in Southeastern Ohio are asking for help for the Muskingum River.

According to Dave Matthew of Dresden . "It’s a huge endeavor, a 2 million dollar project. We’re looking for support and some of the grant money that’s out there."

Today Matthew met with the Muskingum County Commissioners to get support for the potential project. There are some additional issues affecting the river, including farmland erosion along the riverbanks and an endangered species of mussels who have made a home in pockets of the river.

"They’re considered an endangered species that limits some of your access to the river," said Matthew. "I’m not against protecting the environment, but it’s kind of extreme some of the stuff involved in that at the AEP plant in Dresden."

The Commissioners are in support of the project. Commissioner John Bates says fixing the locks could benefit tourism in our area.