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Ohio Edison dam may be next tear-down target
But cost of demolition and sediment removal could be extremely high.
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Mark Urycki
 
The Ohio Edison dam in Gorge Metro Park between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls is about 60 feet high.
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As two dams on the Cuyahoga River are being demolished in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, the river’s natural bedrock is being exposed. But the removal of a bigger dam downstream would reveal the actual falls for which the city was named.
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The Ohio EPA has been trying to remove the Ohio Edison dam since 2005. The dam between on the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls once generated electricity for Ohio Edison and holds back 34 acres of placid water and about 800 thousand cubic yards of sediments.
Hidden under that water is a 25-foot double falls the city took is named after. After two years of tests, the EPA has determined that the sediment is not toxic.
But the agency’s Bill Zawiski says you still can’t just tear down the dam.

“You basically look at it as a plug or a landslide of sediment that at some places is over 30-feet thick. Independent of the chemistry, physically it would swamp sections of the rocks and substrates in the lower Cuyahoga. And that’s not acceptable from a habitat standpoint.”

Now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is performing a cost analysis for removing the silt and the dam. Zawiski says it will be many times the $1 million cost of the two downtown dams. 

"It’s going to be a very big bake sale-car wash," he jokes.

Past estimates range as high as $60 million just to remove the sediment. And unlike the hollow downtown dams, the 60-foot-high Edison dam is solid concrete.

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Listener Comments:

Gorge Dam need to go to let water flow free threw Akron and then threw Cleveland.. The dam is old and dose not make power for Akron no more.. Dams threw out western part of Washington state have been removed big then this dam.. To get rid of all the slit and soil that behind the dam you got do what call pull the plug.. You dig a tunnle to the right side of the dam until allmost threw.. make sure the other side is clear about 10 feet area down to were this hole will be.. Get some TNT and Blow to it up.. the US huge water canos to move the soil that left down stream were it should of gone long time ago.. the river will clear it self.. why haul it away why you can move to the banks of the river and find a park that in this area to the rest of soil that need to be move.. Army core go fight another war


Posted by: rev1will (cleveland) on December 1, 2014 1:12AM
Or, if you're not going to tear it down, at least hook it up to the grid so the electricity it generates can be used!


Posted by: Kathleen (Cuyahoga Falls) on January 7, 2014 1:01AM
TEAR IT DOWWWWNNNNN!! Give back to mother nature


Posted by: Mike (Cuyahoga Falls) on August 13, 2013 12:08PM
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