- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) - Officials confirm it’s possible to remove the 57-foot-high Gorge Dam along the Cuyahoga River and say the preferred demolition plan would cost roughly $70 million to execute.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1WmbHgB ) demolition would likely cost approximately $12.5 million plus an additional $57.5 million for sediment removal.

Tetra Tech spokesman Kevin Kratt says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could pay for 65 percent of the project’s cost, including the removal of contaminated sediments behind the dam.

Kratt says state and local partners would likely foot the bill to remove the dam itself as well as site restoration.

Ohio EPA spokesman Bill Zawiski says removing the dam would greatly enhance the water quality of the Cuyahoga.

The dam, which connects Akron to Cuyahoga Falls, was built between 1911 and 1912.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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