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Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting to Discuss
Newly Completed Study of the Gorge Dam
Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Thursday, September 24th, 2015, to discuss the results of a feasibility study for the removal of the Gorge Dam, which is on the Cuyahoga River in the Gorge Metro Park, between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, 2345 Fourth Street, Cuyahoga Falls.
A brief presentation of the report will be given by a consultant followed by a question and answer session with the public.
The Gorge Dam was constructed on the Cuyahoga River in 1913, and produced hydroelectric power until 1958. The dam pool was subsequently used until 1992 as a source for cooling water for a local coal-fired power plant. The dam and its pool have not been used for power generation purposes for the past 23 years. The structure acts as an impairment to aquatic species along the middle and lower segments of the Cuyahoga River, and Ohio EPA has proposed it be removed to improve water quality.
Ohio EPA will be available at the meeting to discuss the report and answer questions about it. The Agency is working with other stakeholders to evaluate the Gorge Dam’s removal options to best restore the Cuyahoga River and the gorge to its natural condition.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.