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Akron Waterways Renewed! Recognized with Gold Level Award from Ohio EPA November 2, 2020 The Akron Engineering Bureau (AEB) and the Akron Waterways Renewed! Program (AWR!) have announced that they are the recent recipient of a gold level Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) award from Ohio EPA. The E3 award is presented to businesses and organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and ongoing stewardship. Read More Fieldwork Continues for Northside Project in North Hill and Chapel Hill Neighborhoods October 26, 2020 Fieldwork for the Akron Waterways Renewed! (AWR!) program continues with ongoing surveys throughout the North Hill and Chapel Hill neighborhoods as a part of the Northside Project. The Northside Project, which stretches from Home Avenue in Chapel Hill to Cuyahoga Street north of downtown, involves various aspects of fieldwork that will continue to the end of the year. The fieldwork is necessary to ensure the City of Akron has the most accurate and up-to-date data to use in designing upcoming sewer projects. Read More City of Akron Announces Low-Interest Loan Awarded to Sanitary Sewer Reconstruction Project September 11, 2020 Akron, Ohio, Sept. 11, 2020 — The Akron Engineering Bureau has been awarded a Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) bond to fund a sanitary sewer reconstruction project that will aid in saving the city over $1.5 million in interest over a 45-year term. Read More City Of Akron Completes Last Storage Basin Under Federal Consent Decree—Under Budget And Ahead Of Schedule August 6, 2020 Akron, Ohio, August 6, 2020— The City of Akron placed its final combined sewer overflow (CSO) storage basin into service on July 23, 2020, 161 days ahead of schedule. Akron has now constructed and put into service five CSO storage basins throughout the City. These basins were required under the Consent Decree with the US EPA. Read More All-Akron Student Engineering Program To Host Virtual Closing Ceremony To Honor Participants August 3, 2020 Akron, Ohio, August 3, 2020— The closing ceremony of the All-Akron Student Engineering Program (AASEP), will be held virtually at noon on Friday, August 7, 2020. The AASEP is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career development project working with juniors and seniors from Akron high schools which is in its fifth year of curriculum. Friday’s virtual ceremony celebrates the conclusion of workshops and other programming which introduced students to engineering leaders and careers and prepared them for summer internships. Read More 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 Akron Waterways Renewed! Program Making Progress (1) April 13, 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