Cuyahoga River Area of Concern

Cuyahoga River is one of 43 contaminated sites designated as an Area of Concern under the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The Cuyahoga River has been transformed from an environmentally degraded natural resource into a living, revitalized asset to the Great Lakes region. Since 2010, more than $13 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been used to fund more than 40 projects to remediate and restore this AOC. AOC Boundaries The Cuyahoga River AOC is in northeastern Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. The AOC is extensive. It includes: the lower 46.5 miles of the Cuyahoga River, starting at the head of the Gorge Dam pool in Akron/Cuyahoga Falls tributaries to the river (they drain 813 square miles of land in portions of six Ohio counties) the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area (22 miles of river between Akron and Cleveland) ten miles of the Lake Erie shoreline, from the western border of Cleveland to Euclid Creek on the east, and tributaries to that portion of the shoreline The boundary of the AOC was expanded in 2010 to include the Gorge Dam pool. Source: