CUAYHOGA FALLS -- Removal of dams along the scenic Cuyahoga River is a project decades in the making.
WKYC Photojournalist Carl "Big Daddy" Bachtel is on the scene.
The removal of the Sheraton Mill dam is first.
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These low-head dams, the LaFever's powerhouse and Sheraton Mill, are monuments to the area's industrial past. Once they take the dams down, we'll actually be returning the river to how it was 200 years ago, which could reveal things no one has ever seen.
This dam removal project has been a long time coming. Cuyahoga Falls will join Kent and Munroe Falls in going "dam-less." The Sheraton Mill dam comes down first, using a barge. That barge is going to get floated down to the top of the dam, anchored off, and then they'll start slicing off sections of the dam, about a foot at a time.
LaFever's powerhouse, from the bottom up.