Diver-assisted dredging and the Cuyahoga improvement project

Kimberly Walters of J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) has just shared an interesting article about diver-assisted dredging and capping used in the Cuyahoga River Improvement Project.

Photo courtesy of J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.

The Cuyahoga Improvement Project in Kent, OH, aims to improve future recreation experiences while protecting existing natural resources.

The purpose of our work is to remove areas of petroleum-impacted soft sediments that were deposited decades ago from discontinued industrial practices upstream.

The Cuyahoga River has quite a history: a transportation route; a boundary; an origin for oil, rubber, and steel industries; a power source; and a dumping ground. The river was once 1 of the most polluted in the country. The Cuyahoga has caught fire at least 13 times since the 1860s.

The river became infamous around 1969 when it burned for what the community determined would be its last time. This incident helped spark the national environmental movement in the United States.

This particular section of the Cuyahoga River featured limiting conditions such as difficult river access, low bridges, and a railroad right-of-way. This is when Brennan decided to promote the idea of diver-assisted micro-dredging to help complete the objectives set by the stakeholder.

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