Barlow Community Center Dam Improvements

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BCC Dam Improvements Project Webinar

Thursday, September 24
3 - 4 p.m. OR 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Project information including dam safety improvements, increased storm water storage, and other project goals will be provided during the webinar. Residents will be able to tune in the live webinar to learn about the project and ask questions.

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Project Description

In 2017, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Water Resources, inspected the two (upper and lower) Barlow Community Center Lake Dams and found that both dams require improvements to the dam spillways to meet state requirements.  In March, 2019, City of Hudson, in association with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) finalized a study titled the “Cuyahoga River South (CRS) Stormwater Master Plan (SWMP) - City of Hudson Community Report”.  The purpose of the study was to identify recommend stormwater solutions to major storm water concerns in the Brandywine Creek watershed, including a prioritized list of construction and maintenance projects.
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The Stormwater Master Plan study included evaluation of portions of the Brandywine Creek Tributary from Ravenna Street, Barlow Community Center into downtown Hudson. Stormwater solutions in this area included a lake expansion project at the Barlow Community Center’s, Upper Lake.  The study identified the potential to permanently increase detention in Barlow Community Center, Upper Lake by 9.5 ac-ft and install additional operational controls able to further temporarily lower the water elevation in the upper lake and lower lakes prior to significant rain events.  


In April 2019, a separate feasibility study identified solutions to meet the ODNR dam spillway requirements. The feasibility study identified that a new overflow between the upper lake and lower lake could be constructed to meet the upper dam’s spillway needs.  The feasibility study identified that a smaller dam could be constructed near the outlet of the lower lake dam to meet the ODNR spillway requirements  

In May 2019, NEORSD agreed to fund the design and construction of the Barlow Community Center Lake Improvements Project.  The project will address both the ODNR dam spillway requirements and Stormwater Master Plan recommended storm water storage improvements.

Project Schedule

The project is currently in design and is scheduled for construction in 2021.

Project Contact

More information about the project will be provided at upcoming public meetings that are scheduled to take place later in the summer of 2020. Should you have any immediate questions or comments, please contact the City of Hudson Engineering Department.

City of Hudson Engineering Department

Phone: 330-342-1770
Email: engineering@hudson.oh.us

NEORSD and ODNR