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From waste comes nature preserve

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/27/07 @ 10:11am

An important goal of the city of Cleveland's Lakefront Plan is creating more green space and connections to its greatest natural asset, Lake Erie. Dike 14, located at the north terminus of Martin Luther King Drive, is the confined disposal facility that holds soils dredged from the Cuyahoga River Navigation Channel. It's location and lush natural areas means it fits well in the plan. A number of groups want to convert into a lakefront nature preserve so that we can all get closer to nature without having to travel away from the city.

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District received a state grant for an environmental assessment of Dike 14 to determine what type of public access will be possible with certain interventions, such as boardwalks or trails. Conducted by Partner's Environmental and Davey Resource Group, the assessment has been completed and is ready to be shared with the public.

Dike 14 Environmental Education Collaborative with support from the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority, Cuyahoga Board of County Commissioners, local institutions and community leaders will share the results of the environmental assessment, and the current educational and research activities taking place. Community meetings will be held at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park Office on December 5 at 5:00 p.m. and at St. Phillip Neri Community Center, on East 82nd, north of St. Clair on December 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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