Learn about projects in the Shaker Lakes that seek to protect and modernize these parklands for generations to come. This includes projects that are part of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Stormwater Management Program, like the recently completed upgrades at Green Lake. This page will also provide the latest information about NEORSD's recommendations for Horseshoe Lake and Lower Lake.
Horseshoe and Lower Lake
PUBLIC MEETING: A second public meeting about NEORSD's recommendations for the Horseshoe Lake and Lower Lake dams will be held on Monday, August 9 at 6:30 pm at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. During this meeting, City and NEORSD officials will answer remaining questions about the recommendations. Click here to learn more.
Review information about NEORSD's recommendations, including meeting video, FAQs, and more below.
NEORSD has completed the Lake Erie Tributaries Master Plan, including a thorough study of the Doan Brook Watershed and the dams at Horseshoe Lake and Lower Lake. Sewer District officials presented their recommendations at a public meeting on Tuesday, June 15.
As part of regional stormwater management, NEORSD proposes to remove Horseshoe Lake dam and restore the Doan Brook with native plants in the footprint of Horseshoe Lake. They propose to rebuild the Lower Shaker Lake dam so that it meets the requirements of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for a Class I dam.
- Visit neorsd.org/shakerlakes to view a recording of the June 15 meeting and other information relating to its recommendations for the Shaker Lakes.
- View a statement from the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
- View a statement of support from the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will there be additional amenities for residents at Horseshoe Lake when the dam is removed and the Doan Brook is restored to its natural state?
- Will residents still be able to walk around the park on a walking path?
- How will this affect Horseshoe Lake Park itself?
- What is NEORSD committed to paying for?
- What will NEORSD’s recommended plan cost the City?
- What would it cost to rebuild Horseshoe Lake dam?
- Isn’t there just a $6 million funding gap between NEORSD’s recommendations for Horseshoe Lake and the cost of rebuilding the Horseshoe Lake dam?
- What is the cost to construct a new dam at both lakes and manage sediment accumulation?
In 2020, NEORSD completed a $5 million-plus upgrade to Green Lake. The project included the dredging of Green Lake back to its original construction depth to improve water quality and the construction of a new spillway and pedestrian bridge/walkway. The City contributed $500,000 toward the project. Learn more in NEORSD's video below: