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Second Amendment To Akron’s CSO Consent Decree Granted, With Projected Savings Of $77 Million December 17, 2019 Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is pleased to share that the Northern District of Ohio has granted the Second Amendment to the City’s 2014 federally-mandated consent decree. Arguably the strictest in the nation, the over $1 billion program requires the City to upgrade its sewer system within aggressive timelines. Over the last decade, improved technology and real-time data helped improve the original project and reduce costs. The approval of the Second Amendment is long-awaited and follows the U.S. and Ohio EPA approvals granted in 2018. The second amendment is projected to save ratepayers $77 million—bringing the total savings over the last four years to over $158 million. Read More City of Akron Celebrates Progress in Consent Decree Projects October 30, 2019 The City of Akron celebrated significant progress in upgrading its sewer infrastructure through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-mandated Consent Decree (CD) program. The CD was filed in 2009 with the Federal Court, exactly a decade ago, and approved by the Federal Court in 2014. The CD requires Akron to make significant improvements to its sewer system and wastewater treatment plant to reduce combined sewer overflows and bypasses. Read More TorchFest – Xtinguish Celebration at the Cuyahoga River Homecoming June 20, 2019 TorchFest – Xtinguish Celebration at the Cuyahoga River Homecoming
Press Conference– Friday, June 21st at noon. Please join City of Akron officials and partners of the watershed for the
passing of the Xtinguish Torch in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the famed Cuyahoga
River Fire.
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City of Akron Hosts Cuyahoga River Homecoming – Friday June 21st June 20, 2019 The City of Akron is proud to host its 5th Annual Blue Heron Homecoming, this year called the Cuyahoga River Homecoming, on Friday, June 21st, 2019. The event will take place from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Cascade Valley Metro Park, rain or shine. The City is hosting the Cuyahoga River Homecoming, in coordination with other Northeast Ohio events, to celebrate 50 years of water-quality improvement and progress on the Cuyahoga River and its tributaries. Read More Water Reclamation Facility Upgrades Yield Big Results February 25, 2019 Today, at an event at the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), Mayor Dan Horrigan and City officials announced the early completion and subsequent cost savings and additional environmental benefits of the Step Feed Phase 2 project. This project is one of the 29 projects in the City’s consent decree under the Akron Waterways Renewed! (AWR!) program. Read More 2019 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) January 15, 2019 The City of Akron has applied for funding for the following construction projects from the Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). Ohio EPA will administer loan preparation based on state standards and Ohio EPA procedures. Read More Ohio Water Environment Association Recognizes Akron AWR! Program commended for excellence in engineering and community outreach September 21, 2018 The Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) awarded the City of Akron the 2018 Engineering Excellence Award and the 2018 Facility Image Award at the recent One Water Conference in Columbus. The Akron Water Reclamation Facility’s (WRF) Step Feed Phase 1 project won the Engineering Excellence Award. The Akron Waterways Renewed! (AWR!) Public Outreach Program was presented the OWEA’s 2018 Facility Image award for their efforts to educate the public about the AWR! Program. Read More Rosie, the Tunnel Boring Machine, Completes Historic Mile-Long Journey under Downtown Akron August 29, 2018 Today the City of Akron celebrated as Rosie, the tunnel boring machine, completed her mile-long journey digging the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) under downtown Akron. Rosie’s “big dig” started on October 18, 2017 and the final breakthrough occurred at approximately 12:44 PM this afternoon, marking the dramatic conclusion of the first major phase of tunnel construction. Read More Call for SOSA RFPs July 30, 2018 SOSA is beginning the next phase of its outreach in the local business community. We are seeking a
firm to work with us in creating a three year strategic plan.
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Gorge Dam Project Agreement Signed for Remedial Design of the Gorge Dam Contaminated Sediments Project July 9, 2018 The Ohio EPA Director and the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Manager have signed a cooperative project agreement to create a plan for contaminated sediment management and habitat restoration for the Gorge Dam, which is on the Cuyahoga River in the Gorge Metro Park. The project is being funded through the Great Lakes Legacy Act with additional project match funds provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The City of Akron is the local sponsor for the state matching funds. Read More