The six-acre former graving dock at the westernmost end of the Old River Channel has the highest concentrations of contaminants. To the north and the east lie the Olde River Yacht Club and the Channel Park Marina.
Along the southern banks of the Old Channel, there is a privately-owned shipyard and a number of city-owned brownfields. An investigation through Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program found that the sources of pollution in these brownfields are controlled and recontamination is not a concern.
Sediment to be remediated: 160,000 cubic yards
Contaminants:, PAHs, PCBs, Heavy Metals (arsenic, mercury, lead, and zinc)
Method: Dredging and capping
Partners: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Port of Cleveland, City of Cleveland, Ohio EPA
Cost: $13 million
Remedial action at the Cuyahoga River Old Channel is expected to begin in 2019 at the earliest. After the project, the Port of Cleveland will take on long-term monitoring and maintenance of the capped area
Updates will be provided as the project progresses.
The project is currently in the design stage. More technical information will be provided once available.