Zoar levee was built to help one of Ohio’s historic communities thrive along the Tuscarawas River, but the aging dam is in urgent need of repair or replacement. A recent Times-Reporter article highlights efforts to determine concrete ways to move forward in improving this vital infrastructure (“Zoar levee study could take two years to complete,” Sept. 15).

 This month, I visited Tuscarawas County shortly after members of my staff discussed options for the levee with Mayor Bell. We are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to invest in repairs needed to maintain the historic integrity of the village. This would ensure that the Zoar levee would be a priority for the Corps.

 We need action now to save this important part of Ohio’s history.