formerly "Cuyahoga River RAP"

Progress toward delisting


Further sampling is needed to determine the delisting status of this BUI.

No significant presence of debris other than woody debris, which is not considered an impairment, is indicated. However, new surveys of all the subwatersheds are needed in order to verify this.

Therefore, we suggest that the delisting process for this BUI could begin in short order, with delisting to take place within the next 3 years.

Beneficial Use Impairment 11:
Degradation of Aesthetics


What the delisting guidance says -

This beneficial use will be considered restored when the following conditions are met:

There are no observed ongoing occurrences of sludge deposits, oil sheens, scum and other objectionable materials; specifically materials that produce color, odor, or other nuisances.


If Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) are a significant cause of aesthetic impairments and the CSOs are being addressed under an approved long term control plan or other legally-binding document, this BUI may be considered restored.  Where long-term remedies may take several years to be fully implemented, it may be necessary to develop short-term control strategies.


If Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) are a significant cause of aesthetic impairments and the MS4 is regulated under an NPDES Permit or other legally-binding document, this BUI may be considered restored.



• Aesthetic impairments due to algae or excessive nutrient loading will be addressed under BUI 8.

• Natural physical features (e.g., woody debris, logjams, rootwads) and excessive turbidity following storm events or due to agricultural activities are not considered an impairment under this BUI.


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