Mahoning River Restoration

The Mahoning River shaped Eastgate’s planning region as we know it today. The river was dammed up in numerous places to provide cooling water for the big steel industries that settled along the Mahoning River. From the 1960s to the early 1980s the big steel industry began to close its doors to the Valley, leaving behind memories for its hard workers and a legacy of pollution for the river that sustained them.

Eastgate recognizes the Mahoning river as an asset, not a liability, to our region. The river, per the Ohio EPA’s 2013 biological and chemical survey, is making a comeback both in water quality and fish diversity. Eastgate wants to continue the upward progression of the river’s health by working with communities along the river to remove the remaining lowhead dams and restore the river to its natural, free flowing state.

Lowhead Dams Along the Lower Mahoning River


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This map shows the scope of work for removing the 9 remaining lowhead dams in the Mahoning River.  The lower Mahoning Restoration Project is a priority of Eastgate due to the level of water quality impairments caused by the lowhead dams and the contaminated sediments that have accumulated behind them.  The following interactive map is dedicated to the lower Mahoning River Restoration project, which is water quality focused, and is not intended to be used as a recreational guide for paddlers.  For recreational safety pertaining to lowhead dams, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of State Parks and Watercraft is an excellent source for safety measures.  Eastgate encourages paddlers to access the ODNR’s site, http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/lowheaddams, to learn more about why low head dams are dangerous and smart safety tips to follow while paddling.


Mahoning River Illustration