Cuyahoga River Restoration

(formerly Cuyahoga River Community Planning)

Restoring, revitalizing and protecting the Cuyahoga River watershed and nearshore Lake Erie

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Photo: Steve Litt, Plain Dealer

New video by Ohio EPA shows how far the river has come, and how it came so far.

From a burning river to a recreation destination, the Cuyahoga used to be the poster river for degradation, and is now a shining example of restoration.

It's been a banner year for Cuyahoga ReLeaf and DepaveNEO.

We're eternally grateful to the volunteers who braved the rain, wind, and snow to
remove more than 5,000 square feet of impervious parking lot and plant 140 new
trees, and to the folks who received the 320 trees we gave away to plant on their
own properties, to manage stormwater, send clean filtered water into our streams,
river, and lake, and increase the watershed's forest canopy.

Thanks to the CWRU fraternity brothers for depaving at Community Greenhouse Partners!

And thanks to the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Foundation, the amazing Enterprise
volunteers, and the Arbor Day Foundation, for helping us Reforest the Forest City
by funding the depaving, planting fruit trees, and giving away 160 trees in
Cleveland's Hough neighborhood.

Thanks to Morning Star Baptist Church and the 62 incredible volunteers who depaved a piece of the parking lot in Buckeye-Woodland and planted dozens of beautiful trees and shrubs, with funding provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF.)

Thanks to the volunteers who planted 90 trees along a Mud Brook tributary in Stow, the City of Stow staff who dug the holes and moved the mulch for us, and the Alliance for Community Trees/Arbor Day Foundation for the funding.

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Walters loves our river! Watch the video and see why.

The fish habitat tour was a hit!

Twas a perfect day to scout for fish habitat sites along the ship channel. Thanks, Steve Litt, Doug Paige, Dick Pace, Elaine Price, Jenn Grieser, Brooke, Karla, Jim Ridge, Mike Durkalec, Melinda Gigante, Halina and all the students for coming, Terry Schwarz for arranging, OEEF for funding.

Brecksville dam demolition not expected until 2019

OhioEPA photo

Well, the anglers are happy that the steelhead will still bunch up below the dam. But we, and the fish, would really like this barrier gone.

Habitat for Hard are finding new rest stops in the ship channel!

Take a virtual dive to see how the fish habitats collect organic matter that provides food and shelter to Cuyahoga fish. Notice how murky the water is. Watch it all the way through.

Plain Dealer's James McCarty makes a shocking discovery and finds there's more to life (and more life) on the Cuyahoga

Yes, the two fish pictured above are perch, which are great to find in the river, but read his story in the Sunday 9/13 PD and on to see what else he found on his trip with NEORSD crews.

Hint: It starts with "wall" and ends with "eye."


Cuyahoga River Restoration

c/o Cuyahoga River Community Planning
1299 Superior Ave. E • Cleveland, OH 44114
216-241-2414 •

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