Civil Works


Cleveland Harbor

Cleveland Harbor

  • Located on Lake Erie in the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Authorization: River & Harbor Acts of 1875, 1886, 1888, 1896, 1899, 1902, 1907, 1910, 1916, 1917, 1935, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1958, 1960, 1962, Water Resources Development Acts of 1976 and 1986, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1987 and the  Energy & Water Appropriations Act of 1988.
  • Deep draft commercial harbor.
  • Authorized depths are 28 feet in the outer harbor and 23 feet in the river. 48th leading U.S. port with 12,793,000 tons of material shipped or received in 2007.
  • Cleveland Harbor is ranked 6th among the Great Lakes Ports.
  • Over 5.5 miles of breakwater structures. 5.8 miles of Federal channel on the Cuyahoga River and 1 mile of Federal channel on the Old River.
  • Confined disposal facilities (CDFs) are located to the east of the harbor entrance.
  • Major stakeholders include Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Burke Lakefront Airport, ArcelorMittal, U.S. Coast Guard, Lake Carriers Association, and Cargill.

Contact Information

1-800-833-6390 (option 3)


Documents and Reports

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 Cleveland Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan Documents

Cleveland DMMP Scoping Document



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, Environmental Analysis Team
ATTN: Cleveland DMMP
1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207-3199

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 2016 Cleveland Harbor Dredging Documents
 Documents Responding to Cleveland Lake Area - 1 (CLA-1) Toxic Sediment Issue
 Cleveland Harbor Public Hearing Cleveland Harbor Dredged Sediments - March 2016

Materials prepared and presented at the Cleveland Harbor Dredged Sediment Public Hearing, March 1, 2016.

Press Release 

5 Things to Know - Handout 



 Revised Dredged Sediment Evaluation for Upper Cuyahoga River Channel Sediments - February 2016
  Water Quality Certification Application & 2016 Cleveland Harbor Dredging Plan Information - November 2015
 Cleveland Harbor Dredged Sediment Public Hearing - February 17, 2015
 Finding of no significant impact and environmental assessment, open-lake placement of material dredged from upper Cuyahoga River - December 2014
 Engineer Research and Design Center - Cleveland Findings Memo - December 2014
 Beyond the Headlines: Cleveland Harbor


The purpose of "Beyond the Headlines: Cleveland Harbor" is to clearly communicate project facts and information where media reports have made errors or omissions.


 Cleveland Harbor Open House - April 2, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District  hosted a public information open house from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at St. Malachi Church located at 2459 Washington Ave., Cleveland, OH.

During this open house, the Corps of Engineers was available for discussion and to answer questions, at various poster board stations, about proposed open lake placement of sediment dredged from the upper federal navigation channel of the Cuyahoga River. The public was invited to participate at any time during the open house to discuss: dredging in Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River; sampling, testing and evaluation procedures, beneficial use of dredged material, and open lake placement of dredged sediment. Below are the materials presented at the meeting.



 Environmental Assessment, Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Material, February 2014
 Webmeeting, March 2014

 Scoping Infomration Packet, March 2012

 Beneficial Use Report, August 2011
 Summit Final Report, March 2010

 Draft DMMP/EIS, August 2009
 DMMP Supporting Documents
 Final Environmental Statement, Cleveland Harbor, Operations and Maintenance, Cuyahoga County, Ohio - April 1974