CUYAHOGA FALLS — After a complaint from a local kayak company, Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters announced Thursday the city will stop erosion control measures at the Cuyahoga River near Water Works Park.

In a Thursday morning Facebook post, the Cuyahoga Falls-based Burning River Adventures said the city and its parks and recreation department cleared vegetation along the river’s bank and dumped concrete slabs and rubble in the river.

“To see the river progress so much in the last 5 years and to watch the city take a dump right in it is very very very very disheartening,” the post states, calling the practice “very sad” and “frankly...a crime or should be.”

 

In a news release, Walters said the erosion control measures at Water Works Park are “a common industry practice” but ordered the work to be stopped immediately, with the city working to “find a better way to control the severe erosion that continues.”

Walters added the health of the Cuyahoga River is one of the city’s top priorities.

“The river is one of our city's greatest assets and I assure you we will protect it,” he said in the news release.

After Walters released his statement via a news release and a live video on the city’s Facebook page, Burning River Adventures acknowledged Walters’ “call to action” to stop the practice.

“Who knows if it will be cleaned up but we commend his intervention,” the company said in a Facebook comment.

 

Contact Emily Mills at 330-996-3334, emills@thebeaconjournal.com and @EmilyMills818.