Port of Cleveland

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Over the past 50 years, freight traffic on the lower Cuyahoga River has increasingly competed with smaller watercraft as the river has rebounded to become a recreation channel. Watershed is a series looking at our waterways and what the future holds for them. This installment looks at one river, competing interests.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 14th:

Army Corps of Engineers Dredging Operation

A new way to help control sediment build up in Cleveland’s shipping channel is saving and making money for the port.

Sediment flowing to the channel can mingle with pollutants near the port. If it is then dredged, it must go to a confined disposal facility.

There's one such facility now, and it's filling up. Building another could cost $200million. So, the port and its partners are heading off the problem by capturing sediment upriver.

Picture of a dredging operation in Cleveland's shipping channel

The Cuyahoga River is being dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers once again, and as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, the Port of Cleveland says communication will be key to keeping the shipping channel clear in the future.


Ohio Sen.Sherrod Brown has rolled out an infrastructure rebuilding blueprint he and other senators call a guide for President Donald Trump.

On the bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Brown talked about the 10-year infrastructure plan which includes billions for roads, bridges, sewer and water systems and public housing and transportation.

Picture of a dredging operation in Cleveland's shipping channel

The Port of Cleveland is looking toward continued growth in 2017, after seeing a slight dip in cargo last year.

The Port says last year’s numbers are on-par with growth over the past several years, but showed a 1 percent drop due to a spike in tonnage in 2015. With the strong dollar cooling demand for goods from the U.S., shipments were down throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Cuyahoga River Dredging Stops for the Winter

Dec 21, 2016
Picture of a dredging operation in Cleveland's shipping channel

The winter cold has put an end to Cuyahoga River dredging for the year, amid a lawsuit over where to store riverbed sediment. Dredging will resume in the spring.

The state of Ohio and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been locked in a federal court fight for the better part of two years. The state is trying to prevent the Corps from dumping dredged material in the open lake.

St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic Slower So Far This Season

Aug 12, 2016
St. Lawrence Seaway
St. Lawrence Seaway

The first half of this year’s shipping season has been slower on the St. Lawrence Seaway compared to the same period last year.  Seaway officials say the overall amount of cargo has dropped 11 percent, led by iron ore and coal. And as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the Port of Cleveland has seen some of this downturn.

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The Port Authority of Cleveland is taking a more active role in making sure lawmakers – and the bills they’re working on -- take into account the Port’s importance.

Picture of Sen. Rob Portman and Port of Cleveland's Will Friedman

The fight over dumping Cleveland harbor dredge material into Lake Erie could  be moot if an effort to safely reuse the sediment grows. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports that cleaning and using that material for construction and other purposes is stretching the life span of containment facilities

St. Lawrence Seaway Opens for Shipping Early

Mar 21, 2016
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The St. Lawrence Seaway opened today, kicking off its 58th season of shipping on the Great Lakes. Because of the lack of ice this past winter, the event is two weeks earlier than usual. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the early opening’s impact on Cleveland’s shipping industry.

Port of Cleveland

Nearly two years after starting out as a pilot program, the Cleveland-Europe Express plans to add Asia to its route.

The two ships that travel between Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium, will also stop in India. It’s not clear yet what Northeast Ohio goods will be traveling to Asia. Jade Davis with the Port of Cleveland says he’s received inquiries from regional companies but declined to name the businesses.