Cuyahoga River Restoration

(formerly Cuyahoga River Community Planning)

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

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by the Johnson/Ohana Foundation!

We're so close to our goal. A few hundred dollars and we're there. Will you help?

Jack Johnson’s charity is matching donations contributed to us through September 1st, up to a total of $2500.  Make a contribution right now and your money will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Foundation!
And we will sing your praises (not as well as Jack would, of course.)

That's Jack, below, in the middle, with Alison and Scott Hardy at the concert.

Not only will your contribution be matched, but donate today, and we'll give you a gift!

Join at the $60 level and you'll receive our new "The Cuyahoga Lives!" poster. It's 18" x 24" and
features gorgeous photos of some of the wildlife that's at home in the Cuyahoga River watershed.

Join at the $100 level and you'll receive a beautiful Great Lakes lapel pin. It's 1.5" wide and 1" high, and you'll wear it proudly to show your support for not just our river but the whole Great Lakes.

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Just hit the Donate Now button at the bottom of this page and make your contribution to continue the recovery of the Cuyahoga!


And...your donation will be doubled if you mention Jack Johnson/All at Once in the Dedication section of our donation page.



  What we've been up to

DepaveNEO project leaders have first crack at depaving.

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!

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

Plain Dealer photo

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.

OhioEPA photo

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 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 •

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.


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