Michael Reiner is a senior journalism student at Kent State University. He is an experienced sports journalist and is currently a member of the sports department at Kent State's student-run television station, TV2. Michael enjoyed the opportunity to report on environmental issues. His stories focused on the history of the Cuyahoga River and how people [...]
On November 3, my classmates and I explored Wendy Park and Whiskey Island on the Cuyahoga River. I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the river. At Wendy Park, we saw families and their dogs walking along the shoreline. We really appreciated their friendliness and kindness. However, we also saw a litany of trash [...]
The name Cuyahoga means ‘crooked river.’ The Native Americans gave the river this name when they claimed the land in 1000 A.D. Native Americans used the river for trade and transportation. Hopewell Indians arrived in the Cuyahoga Valley first. This group of Indians was known for mound building. They grew crops and lived in very [...]
In the mid-1800s, the city of Cleveland began using nonrenewable resources to build businesses and help grow the economy of the local area. John D. Rockefeller was the leader of oil refinement at that time. The different refineries would send pollutants into the air that would cause harm to the Cuyahoga River. At that time [...]
She has always been interested in Native American culture because the state of Ohio has banished Native American cultural ties from the former settlements.
The Ohio Erie Canalway and Towpath Trail is a popular destination for many runners, cyclists, and kayakers in Northeast Ohio. The Towpath is a thriving environment that is constantly occupied during the summer/fall months. Many different community organizations have worked together to help reshape the Cuyahoga River ecosystem ever since the river burned for the [...]
Cleveland was one of the industrial manufacturing powerhouses of the 1960s. On June 22, 1969 the Cuyahoga River caught on fire and as a result, environmental policies in the United States changed forever. Around 12 PM, pieces of debris were sparked by a train on the railroad. The debris was trapped between two wooden panels [...]