Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

a photo of Ben Stefanski with Carl Stokes at Edgewater Beach
JOHN W. MOTT / CLEVELAND PRESS COLLECTION, CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

The man who helped initiate efforts to clean up the Cuyahoga River was remembered in Cleveland Friday. 

Ben Stefanski, Jr. served as utilities director under former Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes in the 1960s. Stefanski helped create the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and pass a $100 million bond issue to clean up the river, something his brother Marc said even Mayor Stokes did not think would win approval. 

photo of a very large sturgeon
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A fish whose existence dates back to the time of the dinosaurs could be returning to the Cuyahoga River.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is working with Cleveland Metroparks, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and others to study the idea of re-introducing sturgeons to a cleaner Cuyahoga.

Eric Weimer supervises the Fisheries Assessment Unit in Sandusky for ODNR. He said restocking the river is going to take some time.

photo of Tom Yablonsky and Tim Donovan
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

State, local and federal officials broke ground on Saturday on the final piece of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail in Cleveland. 

The final section will run from Tremont to Canal Basin Park and should be done by 2021.

Some of the storm waters from our rainy spring weather are now being diverted back to Mother Nature thanks to a new "green infrastructure" project on Cleveland's East Side. The Buckeye Road site also features public art with an environmental theme.

Four blocks of abandoned homes and businesses along Buckeye Road were recently plowed down and replaced with a series of rain gardens and grassy dips in the landscape, called detention basins, that will hold storm water, after a heavy rain.

a photo outside the combined sewer overflow outfall
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

When we hear about infrastructure, most of us probably think of roads and bridges. But there is plenty of underground infrastructure you can’t see--unless you get a behind the scenes tour, which a small group did Tuesday at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland.

"I wouldn’t suggest touching everything all of the time and rollin’ around in there."

photo of Kurtz Bros. landfill soil
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s annual open house over the weekend highlighted how the region’s water keeps improving.  And visitors also got to see how the district treats nearly two billion gallons of water each week.

photo of Doan Valley project
NORTHEAST OHIO REGIONALS SEWER DISTRICT

It’s been an eventful summer for Cleveland’s 25-year, $3 billion sewer project, as the city opened its first overflow tunnel and begins work on a new extension.

Project Clean Lake” started in 2011 to construct seven tunnels under the city that would hold sewage until it can be treated, instead of going directly into Lake Erie.  The goal is to cut the untreated sewage flowing into the lake from 4.5 billion gallons to a 500,000 gallons.

photo of shipping container
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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, April 19:

Sasaki Associates and the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is partnering with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on a $5 million project to realign Doan Brook, which runs along one side of the museum.

Kristen Buccier, the project manager for the Regional Sewer District, says this is about more than just stabilizing the bank of Doan Brook.