Apr 1

Massive tunneling projects continue across the district

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District continues work on Project Clean Lake, a 25-year, $3 billion infrastructure investment program to mitigate the amount of combined sewage entering local waterways. The project includes a combination of seven large-scale storage tunnels, treatment plant improvements and expansion, and green infrastructure.

As the sewer district enters its 10th year of the program, much has been accomplished and the combined sewer overflow discharged has been reduced by 1 billion gallons annually. By 2024, that will double to 2 billion gallons annually.

In 2021, the sewer district completed mining of the Westerly Storage Tunnel, will activate flows through the Doan Valley Tunnel, begin construction of the Shoreline Storage Tunnel and begin design of the Southerly Storage Tunnel.

Reaching out to small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses

Last year, the sewer district closed out $261.5 million in capital construction projects, including $100.5 million for the Business Opportunity Program targeting small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses in northeast Ohio. The program provides procurement opportunities to certified vendor businesses across 12 counties, focusing on economic impact in the geographic area the district serves.

The program has attracted dozens of businesses to sign up as sewer district vendors over the past several years. Bringing new companies into the district’s procurement process enhances the competitive bidding process and helps get the greatest value for the money the sewer district spends.

"The Business Opportunity Program helps grow our local economy by increasing contracting opportunities for our region's minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses in our region," said Tiffany Jordan, Manager of Contract Compliance. "We're always looking for new firms to join our growing list of MWSBE companies, especially in the areas of goods and services, construction or engineering."

Regional Stormwater Management Program moving ahead

Three of the four major Stormwater Master Plans for the sewer district’s major watersheds were completed in 2019 and 2020 (Cuyahoga River North, Cuyahoga River South and Rocky River) and the Chagrin River/Lake Erie Tributaries Plan is expected to be complete in spring 2021. These plans take a watershed-based approach to develop solutions for a variety of problems including flooding and stream bank erosion, and helps to prioritize these to identify early-action projects and offer local solutions for member communities.

Regional Stormwater Management Program projects completed in 2020 include the Green Lake Dam Rehabilitation in Shaker Heights, Pepper Luce Creek Culvert Replacement in Pepper Pike and West Creek Bank Stabilization in Parma. Additional projects continuing work into 2021 include Chippewa Creek Stabilization in Brecksville, Rocky River Tributary Stabilization and Realignment in North Royalton, Pepper Luce Creek Stabilization in Pepper Pike, and Doan Brook Culvert Debris Removal in Clevelands University Circle.

In 2021, the sewer district expects to begin the Chippewa Creek Bank Stabilization in Brecksville, Chippewa Creek Flood Reduction in Broadview Heights and North Royalton, Bear Creek Culvert Improvements in North Randall, and Big Creek Flood Reduction in Parma and North Royalton, plus others. In partnership with their member communities, the sewer district will also begin Brandywine Creek Dam Improvements in Hudson and the Strongsville SR82 Culvert.