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 »
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 »
FAQ About the Krejci Dump Cleanup
Frequently Asked Questions about the Krejci Dump Site Clean-Up
Why are trucks using Hines Hill Road instead of constructing and using on and off-ramps directly from the Site to I-271?
The technical issues included that the Interstate design standards require long acceleration and deceleration ramps, and that the room to construct ramps of the required length may not be available before the highway emerges from the Site plateau onto one of the bridged areas. In addition, since the Site is located above the elevation of the Interstate, substantial excavation would be required to bring a ramp down to the elevation of the highway. From a technical perspective, addressing and implementing this alternative transportation approach would be time-consuming, costly, and problematic (especially considering the amount of bridging on I-271 in the immediate area of the Site plateau).
When was this decision made and what was the public involvement in the decision?
The NPS held a thirty-day public comment period on the Proposed Plan and published the NOA of the Proposed Plan (including notice of the public comment period and a public meeting) in both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal on November 25, 2001. The Preferred Alternative, as detailed in the Feasibility Study, included the transportation of waste materials to State Highway 8 via Hines Hill Road. A public meeting was held in the park on December 17, 2001 to provide information to the public on the Proposed Plan and all clean-up alternatives presented in the Feasibility Study, and to receive questions and comments from the public.
NPS received no adverse comments on the Preferred Alternative during the public comment period (including at the public meeting), and received no comments suggesting the reconsideration of the construction of on and off-ramps onto I-271. Based in part on the lack of comments, the Department of Interior (DOI) chose the Preferred Alternative as the Selected Remedy in the Record of Decision issued on September 27, 2002. The NPS notified the public of the Record of Decision in the two newspapers mentioned above on October 20, 2002, and also mailed a copy of the notice on October 15, 2002 to the people on the interested parties list including local residents that attended the public meeting.
Does the NPS anticipate that this decision will be changed?
Protecting human health and the environment from Site hazardous substances is best served by the expeditious commencement and completion of the Site clean-up rather than the long delays which would necessarily result from the study, approval process, and construction of direct Site access to I-271. Additional lengthy delays in implementing the Site clean-up would result from the process required to amend both the Site Record of Decision and the Consent Decree (the legally binding court-ordered document governing performance of the Site clean-up).
Did You Know?
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.