State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today announced the release of more than $61.5 million allocated in the state's Capital Budget for the second stage of the Buckeye Lake dam rehabilitation. 

"The Buckeye Lake community is one of unparalleled resilience," said Balderson. "I join area businesses and families in eagerness for water levels to rise and for the lake and community to regain its status as one of Ohio's premiere recreation destinations. As we wait for project completion, I continue to work alongside local leaders to ensure that resources remain available to support this community."

The announcement follows news from earlier this week that the "Lakes in Economic Distress Grant Program" will provide additional economic distress assistance for businesses impacted by lower lake levels, especially those lining the lakeshore.

Application are now available for grants of up to $10,000 as well as various loan options. Eligible businesses must be located in one of Buckeye Lake's surrounding counties, have been in operation for at least 2 years prior to the ODNR distress declaration, and have experienced at least a 40 percent reduction in revenue since April 2014.

Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, or to apply for the programs, please visit

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