Hopes to Bring Whitewater Rafting to Cuyahoga Falls Still Afloat

City and EPA prepare to revive the river’s original rapids.

The removal of two dams in the Cuyahoga River could happen as early as next year.

Once the dams are out of the way, says that could create a new opportunity for the city to become a whitewater rafting destination.

Without the dams in place, Robart said the river will be considered a Class IV or Class V for whitewater rafting.

The Falls News Press reports the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the city are working on a plan to remove the two dams in Cuyahoga Falls. The removal of the dam behind restaurant and the dam near the is funded by a grant from the North East Ohio Regional Sewer District’s CSO Elimination Program.

Cit Engineer Tony Demasi told the newspaper it would cost close to $1 million.

VIDEO Watch WKYC’s Eric Mansfield explain the possible changes to the river

Sound Off: What do you think about removing the dams? Tell us in the comments below!

Deborah Wilkins July 18, 2011 at 08:24 PM
White water rafting would be great but goodness....I can hardly stand the smell of that river. I could not imagine sticking my body in it if I fell out of the raft, We all hold our noses when we drive past the Gorge. My one child calls it "Stinky Paradise".
crazyriver July 23, 2011 at 08:43 PM
These dams are upstream of the gorge where things are a little cleaner.


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