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Ohio EPA Considers Application to Remove Monument Avenue Low Dam in Dayton

Ohio EPA Accepting Comments on the Application Until April 12, 2013

As part of a long-term plan to build a whitewater run in Dayton’s Great Miami River, Five Rivers MetroParks has requested a water quality certification to remove the Monument Avenue low dam. Ohio EPA is accepting comments until April 12, 2013.

If approved, two in-stream grade control structures would be installed in place of the dam. MetroParks also would improve access to the stream.

Streams that have low dams removed tend to support a more diverse and healthy ecosystem than those that are impounded.

The applicant’s preferred alternative for this project would permanently impact 910 linear feet and temporarily impact 3,050 feet of the Great Miami River. Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in a change to the water quality of the Great Miami River. The Agency will consider other options with lesser or no impacts to water quality.

People who wish to be placed on a mailing list about this project, submit comments or request a public hearing should send those requests to use or Ohio EPA-DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit. P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio, 43216-1049.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.

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