Cuyahoga River Restoration

(formerly Cuyahoga River Community Planning)

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

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Call to artists! We're looking for Cleveland/Cuyahoga County area artists to help us create new river mile signs for the Cuyahoga River ship channel. That's the Flats and the industrial part of the river from Lake Erie to ArcelorMittal. With more people - paddlers, kayakers, canoeists, paddleboarders, jetskiers - using the river, we want people to know just where they are on the water. And we want to bring a little creative culture to the steel walls that line the banks.

A jury of artists and river organization people will choose  as many as six pieces of art and produce the signs, which will be displayed at a media event on River Day, May 20, 2017. The winning artists will be invited to participate. The signs will be installed along the riverbanks later that month.

You're invited to submit a piece of art that is 26.5" high and 28 inches wide, that will go as the background for the sign. There will be the letters "RM" and a number from 1 to 6 on top of your art, but not so big as to cover your creation (see the example above.)

To submit artwork, go to riverdayartcall.artcall.org/
For more information, contact info@cuyahogariver.org.

SAVE THE DATE! River Day is May 20.
What will you be doing?

Activities will be held throughout the watershed, with a special unveiling at Flats East Bank in the morning. Watch crookedriverday.org for details and schedules as they're added. Come. See. Do. Learn.

 

The first class of DepaveNEO project leaders is halfway through training.

If you know of a place that needs a little less pavement and a little more
green space, please let us know by emailing the location to us at
info@cuyahogariver.org.

We're looking for pieces of parking lot to remove and replace with
permeable planted areas (yes, gardens) to capture stormwater, reduce
sewer overflows, and make our streams and neighborhoods healthier.

Habitat for Hard Places...fish 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.

Fish inspecting one of our new habitat structures in the ship channel. Granted, it's a bit rough, and the unit hasn't built up organic matter yet, but if you look closely, you'll see a few fish checking it out.

 

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Canal Diversion Dam may come down within a few years

Whether you call it the Brecksville Dam, the Station Road Dam, or the Route 82 Dam, it's been a barrier to fish passage that may finally be removed. The dam was built to divert water into the Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs alongside the river, but it keeps fish from migrating between the upper and lower Cuyahoga River. That's fine for anglers who know the spot as a prime area for steelhead that can't move upstream past the dam, but not so fine for the fish.

The National Park Service, Ohio EPA, and ODNR have come up with a way to expedite the dam's removal while still allowing water to flow into the canal.

Read about it in Bob Downing's Akron Beacon Journal story.

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 cleveland.com to see what else he found on his trip with NEORSD crews.

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

Weeds on the way out - Kids get a lesson in managing invasive plants

Over the summer, campers at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center at CVNP worked with park rangers, educators, and crews from the Student Conservation Association  to learn about invasive plants and how to eradicate them.

It's part of a two-year project to prevent and reduce invasive plants within the Cuyahoga River Watershed funded by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant and managed by the Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Area partners.

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Cuyahoga River Restoration

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

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