Plans to remove a dam at the Canoe City MetroPark is moving forward.

On Thursday, the Trumbull County MetroParks entered into an agreement with RiverReach Construction Design Build Team for the design and planned removal of the Leavittsburg Dam.

With this agreement, the planning phase of the project has begun and is expected to wrap near the end of 2024, according to MetroParks Executive Director Zachary Svette.

Once the design phase is done, the parks will enter into a second contracts for the removal of the dam. The as-of-yet undetermined amount for that contract will be based on what the design phase of the contract lays out, Svette told 21 News.

The removal of the dam is set to begin in 2025 and is expected to take about a year to complete. However that timeline may change based on flooding in the area or flooding that may be caused from the removal of the dam.

According to the Trumbull County MetroParks, the purpose of the dam removal project is to remove a fish passage barrier on the Mahoning River and enhance biological diversity potential within the area of the dam.

As a part of this Project the necessary dam pool sediment would be assessed and removed, and the natural stream morphology will be restored to the greatest extent possible within the vicinity of the dam.

The project will also include bank stabilization activities such as natural rock placed at the toe of slope, bendway weir structures, and woody debris placed at the toe of slope. 

The overall cost of this Project is estimated to be $3,203,500.00. The Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program will provide $3,203,500 of the Project funding.

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