formerly "Cuyahoga River RAP"

Come and celebrate our first delisting victories!

Join us for a media event and celebration.

Saturday, May 5 at Merwin's Wharf on the Cuyahoga

3:00pm - 3:30pm Press event

3:30pm - 5:00pm Celebrate!



The Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC)

formerly Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan (RAP)

Bringing 1 river, 21 subwatersheds, and 10 miles of Lake Erie shore back to health

The Cuyahoga River is one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC) – waters in the the U.S. and Canada that have experienced environmental degradation, fail to meet the objectives of the U.S.- Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA,) and are impaired in their ability to support aquatic life or beneficial uses.

The GLWQA required that each of the Areas of Concern develop a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) to identify the Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) and their causes, develop criteria for restoration, implement remedial measures, monitor the effectiveness of such measures, and confirm that restoration is achieved.

The Cuyahoga River has 8 remaining Beneficial Use Impairments. (See the list at "The Plan and Targets.") Two of the original ten impairments – Aesthetics and Public Access – were deemed no longer to be impaired, and were removed from the list in late 2017.

OhioEPA is the state agency in charge of AOC delisting.
Each AOC has a local stakeholder committee. The Cuyahoga AOC Advisory Committee serves that purpose. The committee includes dozens of stakeholders – agencies, park systems, watershed stewardship groups, businesses, etc) who developed the Delisting Action Plan and are currently involved in implementing the plan.

The Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC)

The lower 46.5 miles of the Cuyahoga River, including all the tributaries that drain to that section of river, and the adjacent Lake Erie shoreline and its tributaries, comprise the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern. The AOC begins at the head of the Gorge Dam pool in Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, ends at Lake Erie, and includes the shoreline from the western Cleveland border to Euclid Creek on the east.

big news,  big events, big info

April 24 @ 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Cuyahoga River Tributaries – TMDL Survey Stakeholder/Public Meeting

Cuyahoga Falls Library
2015 Third Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Division of Surface Water (DSW) will be conducting a biological and water quality survey of the Cuyahoga River Tributaries in 2018.  DSW has compiled a proposed list of sampling sites for this survey.  At this time, Ohio EPA is accepting comments on the proposed selection of sites.  Please see the fact sheet and interactive map available at the following link for additional information:


May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BUI Delisting Celebration at Merwin’s Wharf!

Come help us celebrate the removal of TWO of our Beneficial Use Impairments ( Access and Aesthetics). The removal of these BUIs shows how far the Cuyahoga has come since the days of a burning river.


There will be light snacks and refreshments, with the option of walking over to the bar/restaurant if desired


Press Event: 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Reception: 3:30pm – 5:00pm



Jenn Grieser, Cuyahoga AOC

Kirk Lang, Cleveland Rowing Foundation

Jared Magyar, Port of Cleveland

Elected Officials


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 Cuyahoga River Restoration
formerly Cuyahoga River Community Planning

is the local 501c3 facilitating organization that raises funds, manages programs and projects, including this website, and coordinates, staffs, and assists the Advisory Committee.

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