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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Boston Sanitation Projected Completed in National Park

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Date: December 20, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

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Constructed wetlands used to treat the wastewater from Boston Mills Historic District
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Brecksville, Ohio - The National Park Service (NPS) announces the completion of the Boston Mills Historic District sanitary sewer and treatment systems upgrade in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). In spring 2011, NPS was awarded a $1.5 million grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The ARRA grant allowed for construction of new NPS-owned sanitary sewers and pumps stations, and wetlands to treat the wastewater. SAF, Inc., a company based in Akron, Ohio was the general contractor and completed the work in 11 months.

The Boston Mills Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is a significant, intact example of a 19th century "canal village" including its concentration of 19th century architecture. The NPS currently owns and maintains 12 structures in the district and surrounding area including Boston Store Visitor Center, Stanford House, and the Hines Hill Conference Center. Only four buildings had properly functioning sanitary systems. Although no prior systems failed, several were identified for replacement within five years.

The new wetland system offers numerous sustainable benefits that a traditional system does not. These benefits include lower capital cost, lower operation and maintenance costs, energy consumption limited to one ½ horsepower recirculation pump, construction from mostly natural materials, no chemical additives, enhanced wildlife habitat, and increased treatment capacity over time. This project ensures that significant cultural resources will be permanently protected.

The ARRA funds are part of a stimulus package that is an important component of the President's plan to jumpstart the economy and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so the country can thrive in the 21st century.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752.

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Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.