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The Ohio NRCS Engineering staff is comprised of agricultural and civil engineers, engineering technicians, and a geologist.  The staff provides innovative, economical, and timely services to NRCS staff, conservation partners, and private landowners.  The Ohio NRCS engineering staff applies sound engineering tools and principles through delegated approval authority to plan, design, and implement conservation practices to solve problems related to soil erosion, water quality, agricultural waste management, and wetland restoration.
Technical Contact for Ohio:
Bruce Atherton, P.E.
State Conservation Engineer
200 N. High Street, Room 522, Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 255-2488
Cell:  (614) 917-3176


 Marsh Run Watershed-  Huron County, Ohio

"Automatic Water Level Control Structures" (constructed circa 1968)

Deflated Fabridam on Marsh Run Inflated Fabridam on Marsh Run


Un-Inflated Fabridam on Marsh Run
Fabridam on Marsh Run Inflated to an 8' Height

These in-channel structures, called fabridams, were installed in Marsh Run channel to provide irrigation water for specialty vegetable crops such as celery, onions, and lettuce in the adjacent muck soil fields.  The four (4) fabridams on Marsh Run are the original ones that were installed in the late 1960's.  This channel and the nearby up-ground reservoir (which supplies water to this channel) are near the town of Celeryville, Ohio.