What will NEORSD’s recommended plan cost the City?

The cost to the City will be zero. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) will fund the entire cost of its recommended plan for Horseshoe Lake and Lower Lake through its Regional Stormwater Management Program. The estimated cost is $28.3 million. This program is funded through stormwater fees on monthly sewer bills paid by residents in NEORSD’s 60-plus member communities. Learn more at neorsd.org/shakerlakes.

NEORSD’s Regional Stormwater Management Program addresses problems related to stormwater runoff from hard surfaces. Runoff contributes to regional stream flooding, erosion, and water-quality issues, and the Program works to address stormwater problems that cross community boundaries. Due to the impacts downstream of flooding in the Shaker Lakes, this project is covered under the Regional Stormwater Management Program.

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1. Will there be additional amenities for residents at Horseshoe Lake when the dam is removed and the Doan Brook is restored to its natural state?
2. Will residents still be able to walk around the park on a walking path?
3. How will this affect Horseshoe Lake Park itself?
4. What is NEORSD committed to paying for?
5. What will NEORSD’s recommended plan cost the City?
6. What would it cost to rebuild Horseshoe Lake dam?
7. Isn’t there just a $6 million funding gap between NEORSD’s recommendations for Horseshoe Lake and the cost of rebuilding the Horseshoe Lake dam?
8. What is the cost to construct a new dam at both lakes and manage sediment accumulation?
9. Why did the City drain Horseshoe Lake?
10. What about sediment in Horseshoe Lake?
11. How can I learn more?