CLEVELAND - One of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s most unique projects will turn one of the most unlikely places into the latest examples of green infrastructure. After crews spent months removing thousands of pounds of junked cars, trash and discarded car tires, substantial progress has been made in the ultimate reclamation of a decades-old illegal dumping site.
For close to a century, a large swath of property near East 64th and Kinsman Avenue was used as a makeshift landfill and dumpsite. The property’s use as a makeshift landfill pre-dated many of the regulations that tightly controlled such operations. After the property was the subject of a lengthy investigation by the Environmental Crimes Task Force, the NEORSD secured $400,000 in grants from the EPA in 2015. The grant money went toward the clean-up and remediation of the contaminated property.