The National Park Service (NPS) in cooperation with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is considering actions at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CUVA) to identify the range of alternatives for the modification and/or removal of the Canal Diversion Dam from the Cuyahoga River. The Ohio EPA has concluded that the Canal Diversion Dam negatively affects the water quality of the Cuyahoga River and interrupts aquatic communities.
The following environmental assessment (EA) describes the effects of the project on the human environment and provides an opportunity for the public to comment on the project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Council on Environmental Quality regulations (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 1500 et sequentia), and other applicable laws, regulations, and policies. This EA also assesses the effects of the project on historic properties in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
The preferred method for receiving comments on this EA is online through the NPS's "Planning, Environment and Public Comment" website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/brecksvilledam. However, for those without internet access, written comments, including name and address, may be submitted via regular mail by September 29th, 2016 and addressed to:
Craig Kenkel, Superintendent
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141
* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need/develop preliminary alternatives
Step 2. Conduct external scoping
Step 3. Refine alternatives
Step 4. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alter
Step 5. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 6. Public review of draft plan/environmental document *
Step 7. Analysis of public comment
Step 8. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 9. Release final plan/decision document to the public
Upon request, NPS typically makes comments submitted on EAs, as well as the names and addresses of commenters, available to the public. However, individual commenters may request NPS to withhold their names and addresses from the public record; NPS will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law. If you wish to have your name and/or address withheld, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment letter. Comments submitted by organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.
Following public and agency review, the Director of the Midwest Region will make a determination concerning whether or not the project would result in significant impacts on the human environment. If the project would not significantly impact the human environment, the Regional Director will issue a "Finding of No Significant Impact". If the project would significantly impact the human environment, the Regional Director will issue a "Notice of Intent" to prepare an environmental impact statement.