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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.