Amateur Paddlers Present Unnecessary Danger to River Recreation

Heavy rains this Summer left much of the Cuyahoga River swollen and many surrounding communities flooded. At least fifteen people were rescued in Kent alone. This led the local fire department to issue a warning to potential kayakers against paddling in high waters. John Kobak is with the Keelhaulers Canoe Club, an organization that teaches [...]

A River of Art

The last Cuyahoga river fire occurred on June 22, 1969. This year marked fifty years since that huge turning point and northeast Ohio broke out in celebration of how far the Cuyahoga has come since that fateful day.  Many community members and groups decided to share their pride for the Cuyahoga’s accomplishments through a number [...]

Your local watershed

During my time in this environmental investigations class I learned a number of new things such as the growth of wildlife in the river, the river's powerful history and even how our local sewers impact the health and quality of our waterways. One of the things that my not-so-science-brained self learned this semester was that [...]

Andrea Irland: Beer, Boats and the Brecksville Dam

After an extensive campaign, the Cuyahoga River is now a designated water trail. The designation serves as an example of the river's transformation from a polluted waterway to a recreational river. Andrea Irland is with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. She spearheaded the campaign to designate the river as a [...]

How the Stokes Brothers Changed the Cuyahoga River Forever

I recently had the chance to talk to India Nicole Burton, a co-director of the Cleveland Public Theatre's recent show about the Cuyahoga River, "Fire on the Water." During our interview she mentioned that the play alluded to the importance of Carl and Louis Stokes in helping with not only the Cuyahoga River, but environmentalism [...]

Wendy Park Bridge completion set for 2021

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 [...]