Cuyahoga River Restoration

(formerly Cuyahoga River Community Planning)

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

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50 years of Cuyahoga River recovery.
No fires. Just fish, freight, and fun.

Join the team! Share your stories, images, impressions, and they might be featured in a new book on the Cuyahoga River.

We're gathering content for a big new book to be published in late 2018, to kick off the year that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the fire that put the Cuyahoga on the map (for better or worse.) It'll be both a print book and a web-book, and we'd like to include input from you.

Do you have a story? A memory? An experience? A photo? A fish?

What's the one word that comes to mind when you think of the river?

GO TO TEAM2019.ORG, click on "Capturing the Cuyahoga" and leave a message, or upload photos or videos, and if we use your contribution you'll be credited. (Fine print: By doing so you're giving us permission to use what you send.)

Thanks, and we can't wait to see what you send!

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

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.

Photo: Steve Litt, Plain Dealer

Brecksville dam demolition not expected until 2019

Plain Dealer photo

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

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

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.

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

Neither rain nor 8" thick asphalt could stop them.

Thanks to Mayfield Heights, Mayor DiCicco, Joe Fornaro and his service department, depave founder Eric Rosewall, and 30 stalwart DepaveNEO trainees for taking out strips of parking lot at the Community Center and installing trees and plants to capture stormwater. You all rock!

DepaveNEO project leaders have first crack at depaving.

  What we've been up to

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.


Cuyahoga River Restoration

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

Click the blue box to be a member or make a tax-deductible donation to help us restore the Cuyahoga, her watersheds and Lake Erie.

We send one or two a month, and we won't share your info without permission. Promise.