The project is a part of a much larger effort stemming
from a federal requirement aimed at cleaning up Tri-state waterways.
On dry days, water coming out of combined sewer system
gets carried away through a pipe to the water treatment plant, but when there
are heavy rains the gates open and water overflows into Mill Creek. The current
infrastructure simply cannot contain the increased volume.
At one time the land between Queensgate Avenue and
Westwood Avenue in South Fairmount was under water and if MSD has its way the
Lick Run stream will return.
"It used to be a stream and so it really makes sense to
go back to the holistic way of how water used to be conveyed 100 years ago,"
MSD Director James Parrott told FOX19.
Initially the plan was to build a giant underground pipe
to handle all of the water and sewage in the area without overflowing, but now
MSD is proposing a cheaper idea that could also become a tool for development
and job creation. Ultimately they would separate the sewer system with
storm water drainage re-creating a waterway.
"We're going to see bikeways and pathways and you're
going to see an opportunity for redevelopment for commercial zones and some
residential districts," Parrott said of the project.
The $200 million dollar project is on Cincinnati's top 10
wish list for federal funding. Mayor Mark Mallory is lobbying for $20 million.
"I think it's a project that is not only a win-win for
the utility and the community but it is also a project that is a model for how
other cities can approach dealing with wet weather problems," Parrott argued.
The project has not been without its controversy.
MSD sewer users are expected to pick of the tab for the bulk of the project and
a number of citizens in area have fought the MSD buy-up of properties needed
for the project.
Environmental regulators are supposed decide on whether
they will sign off on MSD's plan for the project any day.
The lick run project is slated to be complete by 2018.
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