Cuyahoga Valley National Park, NPS, Ohio
Team, Environmental Stewardship
Since the late-1980s, members of the NPS Krejci Restoration and Enforcement Team have enabled the NPS to achieve the cleanup of tens of thousands of pounds of material contaminated with hazardous substances from the forty-seven acre Krejci Dump Site in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. In addition, the NPS was very successful and persistent in cost recovery and cost avoidance. Thus, this massive cleanup has been achieved primarily at the expense of the corporations responsible for the contamination - saving the taxpayers over $50 million that can be used for other Departmental contaminated site cleanups. The Krejci project could not have been successful without the establishment of positive working relationships between two DOI Bureaus (the NPS and the Bureau of Reclamation), the Department of Justice, State agencies, and environmental contractors involved in the project. In the end, after two precedent-setting court rulings, which strengthened the NPS and DOI enforcement authorities for this and for future cleanups, the Krejci Site will be fully restored and benefit the 3 million people who visit and enjoy Cuyahoga Valley National Park every year.
Left to Right: Shawn Mulligan, Fran Mainella, Stacey Myers, Mark Gemperline,
Daniel Beckhard, Robert McCaig, Susan Schneider, Lynn Scarlett, Arthur Harris, Tom Bradley
Left to Right: Gale Norton, Shawn Mulligan, Robert McCaig,
Mark Gemperline, Stacey Myers, Susan Schneider, Tom Bradley, Lynn Scarlett