LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – The first steps are being taken in the $2.3 million project to remove dams on the Mahoning River in Lowellville. It is the first of nine dams to be removed along the river.
The Mahoning River used to be an open waste container for the steel mills, but now a project has started to improve the water quality for the warm water habitats.
“We’re going to clean this river. We’re looking to attract tourism. We’re building this into a 13-acre riverside park for people to come out and enjoy,” said Lowellville Mayor Jim Iudiciani.
The program started in 2011 and now it’s finally underway. This water resource restoration sponsorship program will help fish relocate and spread more oxygen throughout the water.
“They’re dredging 1.2 miles up the river, so they’re going to start here behind the dam,” Iudiciani said. “They’re hoping to get about 600 to 700 feet and this is all going to be new embankment.”
All of the dredged material will be pumped through pipes and put in an impoundment area for the dewatering process.
“It’s not just about Lowellville,” Iudiciani said. “It’s about the Shenango and the Mahoning Valley and cleaning the river up to Newton Falls.”
City officials say this will be great for the environment and a great space for outdoor activities.
The goal is to have the project completed sometime next year.