Native American history lives on near the Cuyahoga River

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 [...]

After years of pollution from Rockefeller, the Cuyahoga River is now safe for kayaking

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 [...]

Jane Goodman and the good she does for the river

Jane Goodman is not your typical working woman. Honestly, you could say that she's a woman of many trades. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga River Restoration, President of the South Euclid, OH, City Council, and President of JGoodWorks Creative Services. One would probably think that Goodman's life has been dedicated [...]

Can our creativity connect us to nature?

I think it’s safe to say that art and creative projects have been heavily influenced by nature throughout our human history. Painters like Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet gained much of their fame from their nature-inspired paintings. Poetry and songs have used natural elements to express emotion. Film and television shows have used the [...]

Charlie Malone talks River Stanzas

This year, Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center used their Traveling Stanzas to create the "River Stanzas." It was and continues to be a project that celebrates the improvement since the Cuyahoga River's burning that happened 50 years ago and the hopes for the river's future. Charlie Malone, Wick Poetry's program and outreach manager discusses [...]