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Total streamflow across the Cuyahoga River was last observed at 1,036 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 2,054 acre-ft of water today; about 30% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 3,402 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2022-02-18 when daily discharge volume was observed at 34,687 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Cuyahoga River At Ltv Steel Cleveland Oh reporting a streamflow rate of 320 cfs. This is also the highest stage along the Cuyahoga River, with a gauge stage of 22.94 ft at this location. This river is monitored from 5 different streamgauging stations along the Cuyahoga River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 1,096 ft, the Cuyahoga River At Hiram Rapids Oh.

The Cuyahoga River is a 100-mile-long river that flows through northeastern Ohio, emptying into Lake Erie. Historically, the river suffered from pollution due to industrial waste, leading to a fire in 1969 that sparked the environmental movement. Since then, significant efforts have been made to clean up the river, including the removal of dams and pollutants. The river's hydrology is impacted by seasonal precipitation and snowmelt. There are several reservoirs along the river, including Lake Rockwell and Lake Milton, which provide drinking water and recreational opportunities such as boating and fishing. The river also supports agriculture, with nearby farms using the river for irrigation. The Cuyahoga River remains an important natural resource in Ohio, with ongoing efforts to protect and preserve its ecosystem.

July 20, 2024







Last Updated 2024-07-20
Discharge Volume 2,054 ACRE-FT
Streamflow 1,035.6 cfs
-92.7 cfs (-8.22%)
Percent of Normal 30.44%
Maximum 34,687.0 cfs
Seasonal Avg 3,402 cfs
Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Cuyahoga River At Hiram Rapids Oh
USGS 04202000
93 cfs 1.9 ft -1.8
Cuyahoga River At Old Portage Oh
USGS 04206000
107 cfs 2.4 ft -15.75
Cuyahoga River At Jaite Oh
USGS 04206425
238 cfs 2.35 ft -10.19
Cuyahoga River At Independence Oh
USGS 04208000
278 cfs 2.7 ft -7.02
Cuyahoga River At Ltv Steel Cleveland Oh
USGS 04208504
320 cfs 22.94 ft -6.71

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The Cuyahoga River ( KY-ə-HOG-ə, or KY-ə-HOH-gə) is a river in the United States, located in Northeast Ohio, that runs through the city of Cleveland and feeds into Lake Erie. As Cleveland emerged as a major center for manufacturing, the river became heavily affected by industrial pollution, so much so that it "caught fire" at least 13 times, most famously on June 22, 1969, helping to spur the American environmental movement. Since then, the river has been extensively cleaned up through the efforts of Cleveland's city government and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). In 2019, the American Rivers conservation association named the Cuyahoga "River of the Year" in honor of "50 years of environmental resurgence."

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