Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Akron goes deep

Massive tunnel part of $1.4B project to stop overflows

Akron presented more details on its plan to blast and drill a 6,500-foot-long, 27-foot-wide tunnel 160 feet below the surface of downtown Akron streets to hold back sewer overflows during heavy rain. Akron Engineer Michelle DiFiori presented details on the city's plan on a stage in Lock 3 Park on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. JOHN HARPER

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Northeast Ohio Media Group

Akron, Ohio, is about to embark on the largest construction project in its history. The result of the $300 million undertaking will be a 25-million-gallon tunnel that will hold rainwater that now combines with raw sewage and overflows into the Cuyahoga River. The tunnel will be the largest piece of the city's $1.4 billion project to meet EPA guidelines and stop sewer overflows.

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Waukesha's Great Lakes water bid moves forward

Journal Sentinel

The City of Waukesha, Wis., cleared a significant hurdle in its push for a new water supply last week when state environmental officials announced a preliminary decision that the city's request to tap into Lake Michigan could be approved under a Great Lakes protection compact.

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Toxic algae bloom projections worsen for Lake Erie

The Plain Dealer

Earlier projections of a smaller-than-normal toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie this summer took a turn for the worse after two weeks of heavy rainfall in Ohio. The steady downpours caused a "significant spike in the cumulative total phosphorus load" that ran off of farm fields into the Maumee River and the western basin of Lake Erie.

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