Public meeting for removal of dams is Feb. 27

From Staff Reports Published:

Those interested in the removal of two dams on the Cuyahoga River will get another chance to discuss the demolition plans on Feb. 27, when Cuyahoga Falls city officials will host a second public outreach session on the project.

The meeting will take place at Lion's Lodge, 641 Silver Lake Ave., on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The dams that will be torn down are the one behind Samira restaurant (formerly LeFever's) and the one behind the Sheraton Suites hotel.

Falls City Service Director Valerie Wax Carr said the presentations planned for this meeting will mirror the January event at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. City, EPA and project team officials will be onhand to discuss the project. Members of the public will have a chance to comment.

The meeting at the library on Jan. 16 drew about 80 people.

The city and its project team, RiverWorks, and the Ohio EPA are finalizing demolition plans. Crews are scheduled to begin setting up to begin the work June 10-14, said Joel Bingham, a restoration biologist with EnviroScience and the RiverWorks team. Work will be done on the Sheraton dam June 17-30 and the LeFever dam July 1-19.

Funding for the project, which Carr said will cost just under $1 million, will come from a state grant.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized the demolition of the dams in December.

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