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Barton Dam

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Barton Dam is one of four such structures that were constructed on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built in 1912-1913,  Barton is the only one of the four that still produces electricity, which the City of Ann Arbor sells to Detroit Edison.

The dam is easily accessible from the Barton Nature Area, a city park along the Huron River. I was surprised to find that a trail not only leads directly to the dam, but you can climb the concrete stairway at the far west end of the dam.

The dam measures 34 feet high and 1,767 feet in length. Its 900-kilowatt turbine generates 4.2 million kWh per year.

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Written by csanders429

December 11, 2017 at 9:25 am

No Bird Activity Today

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I thought there might be some waterfowl hanging around this wetlands in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the edge of Peninsula, Ohio.

In a previous visit there had been a number of ducks flying around and landing in this pool of water.

But on this day no birds were to be. It’s still a pretty view, though.

Following the Cuyahoga River

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A river is a river is a river. Or so it might seem. Shown above are three images of the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio that were made in three different locations.

Yes, the river looks much the same at all three places, but there are some differences.

In the top image it is coming through downtown Kent passing through a park and running alongside the CSX railroad tracks. The image was made from the West Main Street bridge.

At this point, the Cuyahoga is fairly narrow and has more qualities of a creek than a river. But that will change.

The middle image was made from aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train north of Peninsula, Ohio, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The bottom image was made from aboard the same train south of Peninsula in the park.

The river is wider here, yet still lined with trees. It is hard to believe that a few miles north of here the Cuyahoga turns into a waterway hosting large Great Lakes freighters and at one time was used as an industrial sewer.

In the early 20th century, there was a proposal to widen the Cuyahoga between Cleveland and Akron to open it to boat traffic.

The cost of that project, though, kept if from happening. We can only imagine and even shudder at what the Cuyahoga valley would look like had that project been undertaken.

Written by csanders429

November 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

Paddling in the Sand

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I presume that this guy is warming up before putting his paddle boat into the waters of Lake Erie off the shore of Vermilion, Ohio. He is “paddling” in the sand of the Main Street Beach.

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November 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

A Jet and a Boat

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Burke Lakefront  Airport in Cleveland is moderately busy but has little commercial airline traffic. Most of the latter uses Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

But Burke’s location on Lake Erie adjacent to downtown Cleveland make it attractive to charter aircraft, particularly those carrying professional sports teams.

By happenstance I was standing in Wendy Park making photographs of a Great Lakes freight backing into the Cuyahoga River with the assistance of a tug boat when a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 landed at Burke.

The plane was carrying members of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team, which was flying in from Detroit to play the Cleveland Indians during the last week of the regular season.

Paddle While You Drink

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Back in late September I spent some time along the Cuyahoga River in the Flats area of Cleveland. I was there to photograph Norfolk Southern trains crossing the river, but there was plenty of time to get images of boats on the river. This “beer boat” was one of the more unusual ones I saw. Patrons have to paddle as they sample various beers while sightseeing on the Cuyahoga.

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November 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

Some Day It Will be Gone

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For years the state of Ohio has talked about removing the dam on the Cuyahoga River in Brecksville. The rationale given for the removal is that it would enable the river to flow freer and enable fish to migrate further into Cleveland.

Now comes word that the project to remove the dam has been delayed. It won’t happen until 2018 at the earliest and maybe not until 2019.

That is good news for now for those who like to fish in the pool immediately south of the dam.

Written by csanders429

October 27, 2017 at 6:04 am