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Ralph Miller of Austintown, Chief of Security for MVSD, stands next to the dam at Meander Creek Reservoir…by R. Michael Semple

MINERAL RIDGE — When the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District begins renovations to its Meander Reservoir Dam in the next couple of years, the dam will better withstand a rare flood event and seismic activity such as earthquakes.

Michael McNinch, chief engineer for MVSD, which provides water for 220,000 area customers, says the $45 million in upgrades includes a measure that will address the increase in earthquakes in the community since 2011 and the possibility of flooding.

A North Side Youngstown injection well was blamed for causing earthquakes in 2011, culminating in a magnitude-4.0 earthquake on Dec. 31, 2011. The injection well was later closed. The Ohio Department of…

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