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Planning to Paddle the Flats? Don't leave home without this!
Download the new Paddle Safe brochure, pick one up at the ODNR Division of Watercraft Office on E. 49th St., or call us for your very own copy before you go paddling where the big ships are.
Learn how to share the ship channel with freighters, see where the least unsafe places to hold up while they pass, and check out mobile apps to let you know what's coming, and see what to do in an emergency.
Most of all, remember to WEAR YOUR PFD (personal flotation device, or lifejacket.)
Weed wranglers have it in the bag
The CWMA (Crooked River Cooperative Weed Management Area) partners were out in force recently, bagging invasive weeds. Student Conservation Association crews have begun control of invasives throughout the region. Think of them as Weedbusters.
Habitat for Hard Places...fish are finding new rest stops
Check out the video of 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.
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 photo
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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