great news! First Energy to tear down Gorge power plant

Discussion in 'Northeast Ohio Fishing Reports' started by Lewzer, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. acklac7

    acklac7 S.S.

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    Hate to be the one to point it out but....

    "The utility's development
    plans do not include the existing 57-foot dam on the Cuyahoga River and it will remain, Durbin said"
     

  2. Glad to hear that eyesore will be removed. They owe it to the community! I dread looking at ugly man made structures. Wonder if they will ever take down the tall concrete fallus in Cuyahoga Falls?
     
  3. Seaturd

    Seaturd Catcher of Fish

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    Rex's Erection is a landmark that can never be removed. I think there is a law that says it has to stay. :p
     

  4. I heard that Viagra, Cialis, and Enzyte are in a stiff bidding war over naming rights of the structure.
     
  5. Seaturd, we all know how you lust to see the rust of an abandoned boiler plant and the tall stiffy in Cuyahoga Falls. May four cell phone companies fail to reach an accord in your town and instead install cell towers on your E, W, N, and S property lines. Try not to drool as you peep out the window at the crews getting it up, tee hee.
     
  6. Erterbass

    Erterbass Ohio Angler

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    Steel, as a matter of fact I'm sure I read somewhere that Pfizer has petitioned to rename the city in which the tower is firmly planted to "Viagra Falls" to further sustain the brand... :p

    BTW...The dam won't be removed by First Energy, at least voluntarily.

    Bob
     
  7. Lewzer

    Lewzer Powderfinger

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    Well Acklac it was 1:30 in the morning when I saw that through bloodshot eyes. That's too bad.
    Probably too much contaminated sediment for First Energy to pay millions to remove. It would have an adverse effect on the executives annual bonuses.
     
  8. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    why is it so imperative that they remove the dam? is it messing something up in the ecosystem?
     
  9. Erterbass

    Erterbass Ohio Angler

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    It's not imperative but it sure would be nice - especially there in the Gorge.

    Dams further upstream in Kent and Munroe Falls have been removed, putting the Cuyahoga back to its more natural state. There are still other dams along the river that were built for flood control or power generation or other outdated uses.

    It's amazing how much more productive the river has become since the removal of those two dams. In fact the EPA released a report in early October and they said they were "surprised" at the water quality and fish population compared to when they last tested the river in 2000 - before the dams were removed (Duh...) Funny how the dam removal was never mentioned... :confused:

    The only bad section is just before the Rt. 82 dam in Brecksville - where the river can't naturally cleanse itself because of the interruption of the river's flow. Another big Duh...

    Here's the article in the Beacon Journal.

    Bob
     
  10. Lewzer

    Lewzer Powderfinger

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    Can you imagine how the falls by the Sheraton would be without the dams? Isn't there a small lowhead just north of the Sheraton where the cable crosses the river?
    I seem to remember one there.
     
  11. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    are there eyes in the hoga?
     
  12. eyepod.barnes

    eyepod.barnes catch me outta Bula.. how bout dat

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    i heard once that rexs erection is a missle silo and it will stand 4ever
     
  13. Who knows whats down there? It would be nice (since the dam is going nowhere) if they might actually give people real access to the gorge. i.e. parking/boat rental. When I was younger we used to carry all our stuff over the guardrail and gravel bank just to fish it. Lots of fish in there!!LM of course
     
  14. zachtrouter

    zachtrouter FISHAHOLIC

    I dont want to see the dam at the gorge removed. Then it could also turn into what happened at munroe falls. The river below the old munroe falls dam was a great little spot for several species of fish.(perch, carp, smallies, pike, largemouth) Now it is about 1' deep and half of that is algae growing wildly. Did it clean it up??? Not that I have seen. It cleaned the fish out of that stretch but thats about it. IMO they need to just leave the river how it is!!!
     
  15. Pole Squeezer

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    I fished at the spot where the munroe falls dam was removed earlier this summer, I caught about 20+ 4-6" crappie one after another in about 1-2 ft of water there. a couple of perch too. This could be a great indicator of the fishing improving there. Maybe after a few high water episodes this winter, and some debris scouring out deeper holes the fishing will only get better. The water clarity was excellant. I remember the smell of stagnant pools of low oxygen water, and the parasites on and in the fish caught below the dam before it was torn down.
     
  16. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

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    my boss lives in munroe falls and said the EXACT same thing. hes not too happy about it, but what can you do? i remember him comming in on monday and telling of all the different kind of fish he and his son caught all weekend long on rooster tails. now he just comes in on monday, no more stories.:(
     
  17. 1)and most inportant , the falls that Cuyahoga Falls was named after are drowned by the "big concrete thingy" For me that is enough. Add to that the fact that that it presently serves no real purpose other than containing a bunch of sediment. 2) Time has brought improved clean up techniques and increased clean up standards. Every year that dam stance will probably cost First Eergy and/or us tax payers more money. Especialy when you factor in inflation. 3) would the state stock steelhead if they could have free run of the river from it's mouth, through the cvnra, and as far as Kent?
     
  18. ryosapien

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