Cuyahoga River Restoration: Boston Mills North Project Introduction and Public Scoping

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), is evaluating options for restoring habitat and hydrology along the Cuyahoga River at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP, the Park) in Summit and Cuyahoga Counties, Ohio. The ecology and water quality of the Cuyahoga River have improved substantially over recent decades but remain impaired. These impairments have resulted in designation of the reach of the river that runs through CVNP as an Area of Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Funding for this work will be provided through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

To address impairments, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and partners identified the Boston Mills North restoration proposal as an essential project that stretches 3.3 miles along the Cuyahoga River from Boston Mills Road to Vaughn Road. Several beneficial use impairments are present in the area, including degradation of fish populations, degradation of the benthic-invertebrate community, and degradation of fish habitat. The purpose of restoration in the Boston Mills North area is to resolve impairment, improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and remove the Cuyahoga River as an Area of Concern. To inform the development of alternatives, the NPS and USACE analyzed river hydrology, channel morphology, sediment transport, habitat quality, trends in precipitation, and flooding.

Please review the attached Project Introduction and Public Scoping Presentation for project information.
Comment Period: Closed        06/25/2020 - 07/27/2020
Topic Questions Instructions:
Please review the project information and offer any comments you might have on this restoration project.
Topic Questions:
1. Do you have any questions about purpose and need of the project?
2. Are there any other alternatives that meet the purpose and need?
3. Are there any additional issues or impact topics that you would like the agency to consider?
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