After the long winter everybody is anxious to get outdoors and enjoy Kent’s best natural amenities.
One of the favorites is the waterfalls at the Kent Dam.
The opening-up of the Kent Dam back in the 1990’s was a high-water mark (forgive the pun) for Kent’s pioneering efforts to restore the vitality and health of the Cuyahoga River running through downtown Kent. It turns out that oxygen is a river’s best friend and anything you can do to get more oxygen into the water will have aquatic health benefits.
Fish counts are higher than ever, aquatic vegetation is thriving, and the micro-organisms that are key to healthy waterways are found in abundance in the river today thanks in large part to all of the extra oxygen freed up with the opening of the Dam. As a bonus, it’s great for kayakers who have a clear shot to run the rapids all the way from Kent to Cuyahoga Falls.
Opening up of the Kent Dam was such a blockbuster hit that the project is listed in an international study of best practices for water quality around the world. And closer to home, Kent’s neighboring cities have followed Kent’s lead and opened up the old dams all along the Cuyahoga.
As part of the Kent Dam project, the designers converted an old section of the former Dam into a waterfalls. The waterfalls is a reminder of the old Dam without all of the bad oxygen levels that has become a local outdoor attraction.
The City generally fires-up the pumps that run the waterfalls at the beginning of April but a mechanical problem has caused a delayed start. In the process of changing out the rubber seals in the check valves of the waterfalls it became apparent that a flapper valve inside one of the check valves needed to be replaced.
The replacement flapper valve has been ordered but delivery is estimated for mid-May, with installation to follow. At this point, we’re figuring the waterfalls will be back in operation by the end of May.