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Ohio EPA looking into costs of removing the Gorge Dam
removing the dam could have environmental and recreational benefits

Lyndsey Schley
The Ohio EPA is studying the cost of removing the Gorge Dam.
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The Ohio EPA is studying the costs of removing a dam in the Gorge Metro Park.

Bill Zawiski is an environmental supervisor of the Water Quality Group of the Ohio EPA. He says the dam creates an environment that does not properly support fish or bugs in the river.

Zawiski says removing the dam could also open up the river for recreational activities.

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“You’re going to have a very lengthy section now of basic whitewater at varying levels of difficulty. So, in addition to our goal of restoring physical and biological integrity of the stream, you’re going to have a recreational opportunity for those who are willing to challenge themselves for kayaking.”

Zawiski says the Ohio EPA would need to remove the concrete dam and a large amount of sediment that has built up behind it over the years.

The study will give them a couple of options and price-tags so they can begin looking for funding.  

Previous estimates put the cost of removing the dam at around $10 million, plus $20 million or more to remove the sediment behind it.

Zawiski says the new study, due for release in September, will nail down those cost estimates.

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