COLUMBUS—State Senators Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) and Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today announced the state's approval of a $25.9 million funding request by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to begin the second phase of construction on the Buckeye Lake dam. Balderson and Hottinger represent the communities surrounding Buckeye Lake in the Ohio Senate. 

“For residents, business owners and those who travel to Buckeye Lake, today is another milestone day that will have a positive impact on the community for generations," said Senator Hottinger.

The project’s second phase will involve the additional soil mix construction of the supporting buttress behind the cutoff wall, which was completed during the project's first phase. 

“Buckeye Lake will soon be restored as a vibrant tourist community,” said Senator Balderson. “I applaud the community for its patience throughout the project and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their efforts toward swift completion.”

Senator Hottinger released a statement last week praising ODNR officials' decision to raise water levels on the lake to just one foot below normal levels in time for the summer boating season.

Project updates from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are available online at

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