Dredged sludge site becomes Ohio nature preserve


CLEVELAND (AP) -- A disposal site for dredged river silt and gravel is officially becoming a public nature preserve in Cleveland.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/wDsBl8 ) reports the 88-acre Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve sits on a bank of earth that juts into Lake Erie. It was officially opening Monday, offering visitors a walking trail with views of the Cleveland skyline and the chance to see a variety of birds and plants.

The site started with Cuyahoga River dredgings deposited by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 35 years ago. It was filled in 1999, and advocates of a preserve tried to maintain the open space as the beginnings of a park sprouted up.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority oversees the property, which was formerly known as Dike 14.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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