Project Description

Maintenance of the Cleveland Harbor federal channel (including the Cuyahoga River and outer harbor) was historically conducted by the USACE by removing accumulated sediments and transporting them to an existing CDF. Existing CDFs were near original design capacity and the cost and challenge of locating, designing and constructing new CDFs could not be completed under traditional USACE budgets or before the existing CDF capacity was exhausted. As a result of this challenge, the City of Cleveland, Ohio EPA, USACE, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (CCCPA) developed a short and long-term sediment management program. The CCCPA retained Hull in 2012 to help identify and evaluate the relative cost and implementability of a variety of sustainable sediment management activities, including enhanced use of existing CDFs, bedload interception, beneficial use for upland site management and restoration, and commercial products.