Agencies move Gorge Dam removal into phase 2. Reported by Doug Livingston. Local, state and federal organizations are hiring a contractor to guide the next steps in the removal of the Gorge Dam. The project — which will not be done for several more years, according to state and federal officials — inched forward this month as the city of Akron and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to spend 1.3 million dollars to design a plan to remove 832,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment piled up behind the dam, or enough sludge to fill 24,000 school buses.