The community of Hudson is safer with the Emergency Action Plan and Operation, Maintenance and Inspection Manual in place, and the City is now in compliance with ODNR regulations.
Barlow Community Center Dams EAP, OMI & Final Design Support Services
ODNR dam regulations have changed to make our dams safer. Unfortunately, the current dam (S. Oviatt Street) does not comply with the new dam safety standards. Therefore, the team worked to develop dam retrofits and modifications to bring the project into compliance, cost-effectively.
These two dams were no longer in compliance with Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) regulations. Also, they provide regional stormwater volume control, therefore the city requested and obtained a Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) grant to improve flood storage.
The design team reviewed multiple options for resolving the compliance regulations with ODNR. Those alternatives were discussed with the public during two public input sessions in 2021. As part of bringing these dams into compliance with the new ODNR laws, a new earthen embankment would be installed east of S. Oviatt Street.
The upper lake underflow connections would remain (shown) and a new spillway would be created. The current spillway from the upper to lower pond does not comply with the new ODNR dam regulations.
As part of the grant agreement with NEORSD, the upper lake will be dredged to provide additional regional flood storage volume. This will increase the safety of emergency vehicles along Ravenna Road during extreme rainfall events.