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25th Annual RiverDay

May 16, 2015

Celebrating the Cuyahoga River

The event listing for RiverDay is now hosted at this site:

www.crookedriverday.org

 

To download an Adobe pdf file with the event listing

you can click here.



2015 River Rat Revelry
Thursday, April 9th, 6:30 PM

Don't miss this year's River Rat Revelry, Friends of the Crooked River's annual gathering and celebration of our river!

Updates on Akron’s CSO’s, the Cuyahoga River Water Trail, Other Cuyahoga River news
Share Cuyahoga cheer with fellow river rats
Light refreshments will be served
Bring a dish to share
Where : Lions Lodge
641 Silver Lake Ave.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

More info: See the flyer.



CSO Update

On January 17, 2014, Judge John Adams approved the Consent Decree between the City of Akron and the US EPA, allowing the city to move forward with its $1.4-billion project to eliminate discharges of raw sewage into the river during high rain events. The project is planned for completion in 2027.
More info: Akron Beacon-Journal article.

Dam Removal Update

The removal of the Sheraton and LeFever Dams is complete, begun on July 30 and ending roughly August 20. This section of river is no longer closed to the general public. For the first time in over a century, the river is looking like its old self!
Check out the City of Cuyahoga Falls website to see a time-lapse video (set to music!) of the removal the two dams.
Next on the agenda: the Gorge Dam?

Dam Removal Begins!

On Tuesday, July 30, RiverWorks made the first cuts in the Sheraton Dam. The dam was essentially removed by August 9, though cleanup continues. On August 13, the upstream LeFever Dam got its first cuts; as of August 15, this dam is also mostly gone, and the river is beginning to run free! Check out our Dam Update page for more info, and view the Cuyahoga Falls Dam Cam for real-time video.

Animated gif of the Sheraton Dam removal by Keel-hauler John Kobak.
Update: River Closure Extended
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2013
Contact: Valerie Wax Carr
Service Director
City of Cuyahoga Falls

Dam Demolition Process Continues

The demolition process of the two low head dams in Cuyahoga Falls continues. As stated before, the river construction zone begins at Water Works Park and continues to Prospect Bridge. The public is advised to stay out of the river, both in a personal manner and in a physical manner (i.e. watercraft). Unauthorized public entering the river in restricted areas may be subject to prosecution. The river contains debris that can be hazardous. Clean-up of large debris continues with crews working to separate the material. Dam debris are being removed from the river with a priority focus on capturing all rebar from the dams for safety reasons. The water is temporarily expected to take on a murky appearance; please be patient as the river begins its healing process and nature is allowed to take its course. The river will continually change over the next months with this process highly monitored as to when crews may have to intervene.

Notice: Closure of The Upper Gorge of the Cuyahoga

Reported by Dave Hill:
"This is just a heads up regarding river access during the dam removal activities in Cuyahoga Falls. The demolition contractor and the City of CF will be designating the area between the Route 8 bridge (Riverfront Park) and the downstream side of the Sheraton Hotel as a construction zone which is off limits to all unauthorized personnel (paddlers, etc).
"There will be signage and information kiosks along the closed section including designated viewing areas for the dam demolition activities. In addition, live video feeds will be available for remote viewing of the project. I will post a link to the video feeds once thay have been initiated.
"This map link shows the closure area which will begin June 10 through project completion."
Update! It's happening!…sort of.
The first cuts to the Sheraton Dam were scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 26; however, torrential rains led to high water, so the flow has to subside before work can proceed. Removal of the Sheraton Dam is expected to take two weeks, after which removal of the LeFever Dam is scheduled to take an additional two weeks.


FoCR joins other organizations, including the EPA, in aiming to have the Gorge Dam removed; an engineering study may take place in 2015 or '16. The 68-foot, 101-year-old structure has trapped 832,000 cubic yards of sediment, twice the initial estimates. Here's an article from the Akron Beacon Journal about the Gorge Dam.

FOCR's Elaine Marsh gave a talk at the Keel-haulers Canoe Club in October. Here's an article about dam decommissioning on the Cuyahoga which grew out of her talk.


 

Cuyahoga CSOs

FOCR's Elaine Marsh wrote a letter to the editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, calling for Judge John Adams to approve Akron's CSO plan. Click here to read it, and click here to read the Akron Beacon Journal's editorial endorsing Akron's plan.
FOCR's Elaine Marsh is quoted in this article in WKSU about Akron's efforts to remove Combined Sewer Overflows.
Also click here for an article for Keel-haulers which grew out of her talk on this subject.

 

Cuyahoga Water Trail

FOCR is advocating the construction of a Water Trail on the Cuyahoga, from its headwaters to Lake Erie. Click here for a link to the Keel-haulers' article on the plan, and come back to this website for regular updates.

 

Brecksville Dam Update

The environmental impact study for the Route 82 Dam has been reinvigorated. Click here for a link to the "Canal Diversion Dam Modification Plan Update" from Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The Cuyahoga from Burning River to Recreational Resource is a program which was jointly presented by Appalachian Outfitters and Friends of the Crooked River on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 6:30 PM at the Appalachian Outfitter store. FOCR's Elaine Marsh was the featured speaker.

 

Welcome to the online home of the Cuyahoga River.

The picture in the upper left corner was chosen because it illustrates that the Cuyahoga River is a river of contrasts.  For some it is a haven of beauty, a source of inspiration, and place for recreation.  For others it is a ditch to be used as a sewer and forgotten or as a resource to be exploited for a quick profit. 
The photo in the upper right corner is one from our archive of photos supporting the Cuyahoga Water Trail. Come back to this website to see a different (random) photo.

Join Us! Download a membership application here.

Contact the Virtual RiverKeeper, matt at americanwhitewater dot org, with any question about this website, Friends of the Crooked River, or the Cuyahoga River.

River News

Meetings

Friends of the Crooked River will visit your group to give our presentation, "Dams of the Cuyahoga." Click to download our flyer (pdf).

 

Next Meetings:
May 7 - Peninsula, Ohio
June 1 Peninsula, Ohio
 

Regular meetings start at 7:00 PM. They are held at 1664 Main Street, Peninsula, Ohio. Enter through the rear door. All are welcome. Click here for directions.

Outings

Contact Us

No outings are currently planned for 2015

 

To contact Friends of the Crooked River, send email to the Virtual RiverKeeper, matt at americanwhitewater dot org.

This site was last updated 4/6/15