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Great Lakes AOCs

Remediation and Restoration Projects for Cuyahoga River AOC *

Project Title Project Description Date Completed Targeted BUI(s)
Cuyahoga River Old Channel and and Great Lakes Legacy Act Sediment Remediation Remediate contaminated sediments in the Old Channel section of the Cuyahoga River. 2024 (est.)
  • Degradation of Benthos
Cuyahoga Gorge Dam Removal and Great Lakes Legacy Act Sediment Remediation Remediation of approximately 900,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments behind the Gorge Dam and removal of the concrete dam structure after addressing sediments. 2024 (est.)
  • Degradation of Benthos
Canal Diversion Dam Removal  Removal of the historic “Brecksville” Dam in the mainstem of the Cuyahoga River to restored fish passage and free flowing conditions. 2020
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat
Cascade Metropark Valley View Habitat Restoration Exit Restoration and reforestation of over 50 acres of historic floodplain and about 1 mile of shoreline along the Cuyahoga River. This also includes stream restoration and habitat restoration.  2020
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat
Mayfield Sands Restoration Feasibility Study Focused feasibility study and evaluation of restoration and streambank potentials along the Mayfield Sands project area. 2020
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat 
West Creek Flume Spillway Removal/bypass of a large drop-structure to restore over a mile of stream habitat and provide critical fish passage. 2023 (est.)
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat
Brandywine Creek Restoration Concept Development Conceptual planning and integration of the design of shoreline and floodplain restoration projects.  2023 (est.)
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat 
East 185th Spillway NEORSD and USACE will remove/bypass a large drop-structure at the highway and railroad crossing to improve critical fish passage. 2023 (est.)
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat
East of Boston Mills Ski Area Collaborative work between Cuyahoga Valley National Park and USACE to recreate historic floodplains, restore above a mile of stream bank, and support historic forested wetland areas along the Cuyahoga River mainstem. 2023 (est.)
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat
Cuyahoga River Green Bulkhead and Habitat Restoration Port of Cleveland will create new floodplain and backwater wetlands along fringe areas of brownfield properties adjacent to the Federal Ship Channel. 2023 (est.)
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat
Station Road Collaborative effort between USACE and National Park Service to restore the Cuyahoga River and shoreline areas upstream of the former Brecksville Dam in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  2024 (est.)
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat
Little Cuyahoga River and Memorial Parkway

Stream restoration, floodplain restoration, streambank stabilization and dam removal along several stretches of the Little Cuyahoga River.

2024 (est.)
  • Degradation of Fish & Wildlife Populations
  • Degradation of Benthos
  • Loss of Fish & Wildlife Habitat

*Several other Management Actions are being assessed for feasibility of implementation between USEPA, Federal Partners, the State of Ohio and local stakeholders.