A cleanup at the Cuyahoga Gorge Dam would contribute to the efforts to restore the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern. In addition to continuing the overall restoration work in the Area of Concern, a remedial project would provide other long-term benefits:
- Sediment remediation would prevent contamination from entering the food chain. This increases the health of the ecosystem over time and makes it safer for humans to eat fish caught in the Cuyahoga River and the Great Lakes.
- Restoration would improve habitat for fish and wildlife species, allowing populations to increase and thrive.
- After the project, the river will more closely resemble its natural conditions, providing aesthetic and recreational value.
- Linking the Upper Gorge with the rapids below the dam will create a 2.5 mile white water course of international appeal, offering expert paddlers and spectators the thrill of negotiating the descents through the gorge’s steep cascades. This is expected to bring immense impact in economy and tourism.
To learn more about the significant benefits enjoyed by communities in Great Lakes Areas of Concern after a cleanup, watch the Great Lakes Legacy Act video.