Cuyahoga River

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, June 19:

Ohio, Army Corps Reach Settlement in Dredging Suit

Feb 22, 2018
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Ohio and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have settled a lawsuit over dredging in the Cuyahoga River. 

The state and the federal agency have fought for years over how to handle sediment scooped from the river. The Army Corps wanted to dump it out into Lake Erie, but the state said that was unsafe.

Under the settlement, the Army Corps will bear the cost of disposing of sediment dredged in 2016 and 2017. That material was placed in confined disposal facilities, not in the lake.

The settlement was filed Wednesday in federal court in Cleveland.

Local agencies trying to redevelop a stretch of land along the Cuyahoga River known as "Irishtown Bend" are looking to the federal government for help.

Jade Davis is spokesman for The Port of Cleveland, which recently applied for a federal infrastructure grant worth $11.5 million. He says the money is needed to stabilize the site, which has been crumbling into the river.

OHIO EPA

The Cuyahoga River was once the symbol of America’s neglect of its natural resources.  But the river that burned has bounced back and continues to improve.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair joins a group of scientists detailing the recovery of our crooked river.

Potential designs for a new park space at Irishtown Bend in Cleveland will be presented to the public Tuesday evening.

Planners, trail designers and the Ohio City Community Development Corporation are betting that building green space on the Cuyahoga River will achieve multiple results.

Irishtown Bend is the name for a 17-acre hillside where workers, mostly Irish, helped build Cleveland’s industrial might in the 19th century. Now the hillside is overgrown and slowly destabilizing.

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