Mayor Dan Horrigan Announces Major Milestone in Downtown Tunnel Project: Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel is 100% Connected! June 18, 2020 Akron, Ohio, June 18, 2020 — This week, the City of Akron reached a major milestone in the Akron Waterways Renewed! (AWR!) Program when the final sewer connection was made to the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT), the largest single public improvement project in the city’s history. This means that 100% of the downtown sewers flow to and through the tunnel, including 9 combined sewer overflow (CSO) structures, for treatment at the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). Read More The City of Akron and Environmental Design Group receive Outstanding Achievement Award for Aqueduct Street Green Improvements April 30, 2020 Akron, Ohio, April 30, 2020—The City of Akron, along with representatives from Environmental Design Group (EDG), accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in early March for the Aqueduct Street Green Improvement project that was completed in 2018. Read More Akron Waterways Renewed! Field Work Ongoing in North Hill Area of Akron April 29, 2020 Akron, Ohio, April 29, 2020—Construction is continuing on several Akron Waterways Renewed projects. These improvements are essential infrastructure work and permitted during the COVID-19 response under current State of Ohio public health orders. Design work is also continuing on the Northside Project. Field crews in the North Hill area of Akron are conducting flow monitoring, field surveys, soil borings and installation of groundwater monitors. The Northside Project is one of the last projects within the City’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated Consent Decree. Through the Integrated Planning process, Akron is considering a project that will reduce costs, provide equal or greater benefit, replace aging infrastructure and provide local jobs. Read More Akron Waterways Renewed! Program Making Progress April 15, 2020 Akron, Ohio, April 13, 2020 – Heavy storms in late March are allowing the City of Akron to measure and highlight the progress made so far through projects within the City’s Akron Waterways Renewed! (AWR!) Program. The AWR! Program was created as a response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandated Consent Decree related to the City’s combined sewer system. Read More 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.
Read More
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