River Renewal Underway

 
ollie the otter drawing
Ollie the Otter
To play our part in improving the health of the watershed, CVNP is embarking on a number of large-scale restoration projects in 2019.

The projects will result in occasional short-term closures to public use of the Towpath Trail in specific areas. The National Park Service is working to finalize dates for the projects. However, at this time, we are unable to predict when the short term closures will occur.

We will notify the public via press releases, on the web, and through social media about any closure on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Stay up to date by checking our alerts page.


Also be sure to keep an eye out for Ollie the Otter! Anytime you see him, it is a reminder that our River Renewal is Underway!
 
A group of volunteers carry tools in a forested area to remove invasive species.
A group of volunteers remove invasive species from the Lock 39 Trailhead.

NPS

Cuyahoga River Restoration Projects

Spring 2019

Stanford Run Restoration

  • Restore a more natural flow/flow capacity and alignment of Stanford Run which has been modified over the years by agricultural activities, construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and regional development. This project will also help protect the Ohio and Erie canal prism and Towpath Trail by restoring more natural stream flow conditions. Work will at times require closures of the Towpath Trail and connector trails between Boston and Red Lock. The project should be completed by late November and that will include replanting the site and connection of the stream to the new channel.

Canal Dredging

  • Removal of debris from the historic canal trace to better preserve the historic alignment and improve water movement. Work will be at multiple spots between Peninsula and Station Road and will involve closures of the Towpath. This project will enhance the cultural resources along the canal and the river.

Summer & Fall 2019

Brecksville Dam Removal

  • Removal of the concrete diversion dam to restore a more natural flow to the river, improve water quality, improve safety of recreational use of the river and allow for migration of native aquatic species. Work will affect Station Road trailhead and parking lot, Towpath from Station Road north past the State Route 82 Bridge; Involves closures, heavy equipment traffic. Project is currently expected to begin some time in the fall of 2019.

Station Road Parking Stormwater Management

  • Installation of sub-surface containment cells that will collect and hold run-off from the parking area and allow for greater recharge, reduce discharge of stormwater run-off directly to river and improve water quality. Work will affect the Station Road trailhead and parking lot, reduces the number of cars able to park at this location, and affects access to Towpath and to river access location.

Jaite Mill Remediation

  • Evaluation and mitigation of contamination and contaminated soils that currently exist on the site and environs of the historic Jaite Paper Mill. Work will involve closures to Towpath and valley Bridle Trail between Boston and Red Lock.

Canal Dredging

  • Removal of debris from the historic canal trace to better preserve the historic alignment and improve water movement. Work will be at multiple spots beginning just south of Station Road and extending north approximately 1 mile, involving closures of the Towpath.

Wetmore Habitat and Wetland Restoration

  • Improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and decrease erosion through the removal invasive species on over 110 acres of degraded habitat including fields, former wetlands, and previously forested land.
  • Reforest approximately 29 acres of former pasture, and establish woody vegetation along about 700-linear feet of Dickerson Run.
  • Create a small (less than half acre) wetland to retain stormwater runoff and improve the condition of up to 1,000-linear feet of streams near the Wetmore Trailhead parking lot using a technique called regenerative stormwater conveyance. This is a technique for restoring streams with a series of steps and pools.
  • Most of the work will be done by park staff and volunteers.
  • The site will be mowed to prepare it for reforestation efforts. Reforestation will begin in September 2019.
  • Reforestation and restoration will include planting native species such as sycamore, red maple, and cottonwood.

Spring 2020

Repairs to Station Road Pedestrian Bridge

  • The historic bridge will be cleaned, painted and the decking will be removed and replaced. Work will affect the Station Road parking area and limit/restrict access to the Towpath Trail.

Army Corp of Engineers Floodplain Restoration

  • Work would involve the reshaping of areas of the floodplain directly adjacent to the river. Work will affect both sides of the river from Boston and Jaite. Work will impact parking capacity and Towpath Trail access at Boston. Possible closures to Towpath Trail.

Jaite Mill Remediation

  • Continuation of evaluation and mitigation of contamination and contaminated soils that currently exist on the site and environs of the historic Jaite Paper Mill. Work will involve closures to Towpath and Valley Bridle Trail between Boston and Red Lock.

Summer & Fall 2020

Jaite Mill Remediation

  • Continuation of evaluation and mitigation of contamination and contaminated soils that currently exist on the site and environs of the historic Jaite Paper Mill. Work will involve closures to Towpath and Valley Bridle Trail between Boston and Red Lock.

Army Corps of Engineers Floodplain Restoration

  • Work would involve the reshaping of areas of the floodplain directly adjacent to the river to improve flow during storm events and restore connectivity of the river to its floodplane. Work will affect both sides of the river from Station Road south one mile. Work will impact Towpath Trail access and Station Road parking, and possibly affect river access. Possible closures to Towpath Trail between Station Road and Red Lock.

Stream Restoration at Station Road

  • Realigning a drainage pattern that was established with the historic road construction so that stormwater runoff is redirected to an established wetland eliminating a discharge directly to the river. Work will affect parking lot capacity.

Habitat Restoration and River Access Improvements - Lock 39

  • Most of the vegation is invasive Japanese knotweed and honeysuckle. The habitat restoration project involves removal of invasive plants and replanting with native species that will improve wildlife habitat and provide improved erosion control.
  • Phase two of the project will involve improving the river access trail, adding signage to delineate access, and eventually barnstones to improve paddler's ability to enter and exit the river at Lock 39.


Stream Restoration at Towpath Trail -Boston Trailhead

  • Full scope of work still being determined. Work will involve possible closures of Towpath Trail and Boston Trailhead.

Spring 2021

Army Corp of Engineers Floodplain Restoration

  • Work would involve the reshaping of areas of the floodplain directly adjacent to the river. Work will affect both sides of the river from Station Road south one mile. Work will impact Towpath Trail access and Station Road parking, and possibly affect river access. Possible closures to Towpath Trail between Station Road and Red Lock.
 

Get Involved!

Are you interested in helping restore the health of the Cuyahoga River? Join us for one of our many habitat restoration volunteer opportunities.

Last updated: September 25, 2019

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