The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will undertake a major study this summer to determine the health of the lower Mahoning River.
Public support has grown to transform the Mahoning through Youngstown into a recreational river, which for years was used as a dumping ground for toxic waste from the steel industry, causing issues with the river’s sediment.
EPA spokesman Mike Settles said they last studied the Mahoning’s health in the 1990s.
“We’ll be undertaking a major study to get a good idea of what’s going on in this section of the river,” Settles said. “We’re in the process of drawing up a study plan.”
Settles said the field work will most likely occur after June 1, with the complete results coming a year or two later.