Falls City Council Votes Unanimously to Remove LeFever and Sheraton Dams
Deconstruction will begin this June and should be wrapped up by mid to late July.
On Monday night during its regular meeting at the Natatorium, the Cuyahoga Falls City Council voted 11-0 to approve an ordinance that will bring down the LeFever and Sheraton Dams.
The plan will cost $1 million (paid for by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District), potentially create category four or five white water rapids in sections of the Cuyahoga River and restore aquatic ecosystems that have long been impaired and deoxygenated by the dams, said Valerie Wax Carr, the Cuyahoga Falls Director of Public Service last week.
Deconstruction is set for June with a completion date of mid to late July, which means the river should be ready for August’s bicentennial celebration, said city engineer Tony Demasi.
The city has put a team of demolition crews, consultants and engineers together, known as River Works, to handle the deconstruction and river restoration effort, said Carr.
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