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!
 

Cuyahoga River 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. Work will at times require closures of the Towpath Trail and connector trails 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 between Peninsula and Station Road and will involve closures of the Towpath.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.







Last updated: March 29, 2019

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Brecksville, OH 44141

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