Gorge dam


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.

The Drive to Remove the Gorge Dam Faces Challenges

Jun 28, 2017
Gorge Dam

President Trump is proposing to eliminate funding for the Great Lake Restoration Initiative and slash the U.S. EPA by 31 percent.  But a group of Ohio stakeholders called “Free the Falls” is still optimistic it can find federal money for a $70 million dollar project to eliminate the largest dam on the Cuyahoga River. 

Dredging 800 thousand tons of sediment and then tearing down a 400-foot long solid concrete dam may be the easy part.  Funding it is hard.

The century old Gorge dam on the Cuyahoga River could be coming down in the next few years if federal regulators agree to fund the project.

Local officials are putting together what they believe is a strong case to tear down the dam.

The Gorge dam in Cuyahoga Falls is the largest dam on the Cuyahoga River and it’s one of the main factors impeding the river’s recovery according to the U.S. EPA.

You Tube video screen show

A time-lapse video of the last days of two Cuyahoga Falls dams is now part of a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit.

The Dam Cam consolidated in about two minutes some 15,000 images from the two weeks in the  2013 it took to tear down the nearly 100 year-old dams. It blends in the "William Tell Overture" and heavy pounding of the equipment on the Mill and LeFever Powerhouse dams. The Smithsonian Institution exhibit is called “Water/Ways and will be set up in five states this year and keep traveling through 2012.

Here’s the YouTube video.

Gorge Dam

The Ohio EPA is trying to rally support to fund the removal of the Gorge Dam on the Cuyahoga River in Summit County.

The agency, along with local partners, needs to raise 35 percent of the project’s cost before it can go forward.

Spokeswoman Lindey Amer says, even if the matching funds are raised, the federal government decides the additional funding in a competitive process.