Department of Law Files Amicus in Dredging Case

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CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced today that the Cuyahoga County Department of Law requested leave from the Court to file an amicus brief in federal court in opposition of Army Corps of Engineers plan for Open-Lake disposal.

“Our access to abundant, clean fresh water is universally seen as an economic development resource,” said Budish. “The plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to dispose of dredge material from the Cleveland Harbor into Lake Erie (open-lake disposal) will cause detriment to the County and the interests and safety of its citizens, the economy of this region, and the continued improvement of Lake Erie.”

Lake Erie not only provides the drinking water for almost all of the County’s 1.3 million citizens, but also provides a thriving fishing industry which needs protection from lake pollutants, as well as a recreational venue and an economic engine for bringing residents of Cuyahoga County and visitors, including boaters and beach goers from outside of the County, into Northeast Ohio.

Multiple businesses which support the County economy and employ County residents rely on the navigability of the Cleveland Harbor which has been threatened by the refusal of the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland Harbor unless the State pays the costs of putting the dredged materials into confined disposable facilities (CDFs).