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3/20/18

MEDIA CONTACTS:
James Lee, Ohio EPA, (614) 644-2160
Pamela Barnes, National Park Service, (440) 546-5994

CITIZEN CONTACT: 
Darla Peelle, Ohio EPA, (614) 644-2160

Brecksville Dam Removal Receives Final Environmental Approval; Project Assessment and Findings Anticipate No Significant Negative Impact 

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service have announced a final environmental assessment and finding of No Significant Impact for the Cuyahoga River Brecksville Dam removal project. This announcement is a final environmental signoff for a project that will restore a free-flowing Cuyahoga River between Brecksville and Cleveland.

The full removal of the dam will eliminate a barrier to native fish migration patterns and improve the water quality and ecosystem of the Cuyahoga River. The project also will include installing a pump that will help preserve the cultural significance of the watered portion of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The decision was made in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as well as numerous agency stakeholders and the public.

Activities related to the removal of the dam may begin as early as the fall of 2018 and (with favorable weather conditions) can be completed by the end of the year. More information about the project is available on the National Park Service website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/brecksvilledam.

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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.

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