Rehabilitate/Replace Tinker's Creek Aqueduct - Phase II
The Tinkers Creek Aqueduct is a functioning component of the Ohio & Erie (O&E) Canal within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In 2000, due to the advanced state of deterioration of the existing metal aqueduct, the towpath trail was rerouted onto an adjacent roadway and temporary PVC pipes were installed to allow water to pass through in order to maintain water in the canal.
In 2007, the park accomplished Phase 1 of the project. A new pedestrian bridge was installed, the failed PVC pipes were removed, and, through a Memorandum of Agreement with the State Historic Preservation Officer, the historic metal aqueduct superstructure was removed and a revised conveyance system of steel pipes and overflows was installed.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to analyze the environmental consequences of the replacement of the aquaduct. The document was open for public comment from November 5-29, 2009. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was signed on December 21, 2009 which approves of the proposed action.
The NPS used a streamlined EA process, as outlined in the new Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR 46.310(b). That regulation allows the use of a streamlined EA process in specific circumstances: "... when there are no unresolved conflicts about the proposed action with respect to alternative uses of available resources, the environmental assessment need only consider the proposed action and does not need to consider additional alternatives, including the no action alternative."
Robert W. Bobel, P.E.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141