Barberton: Responding to Rising Waters

The City of Barberton has a long history of flooding; more than 100 years. Barberton sits at a convergence point where Mud Run, Hudson Run and Wolf Creek all flow into the Tuscarawas River. Mayor William Judge called the city "the punchbowl of Summit County." And he's right. Residents deal with flooding nearly every summer [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Can living by a body of water be beneficial?

Imagine the peaceful sound of a river's waters rushing down a hill. The birds are chirping all around the sky. Deer and other forest creatures rustle around the fallen leaves of the nearby forest. Turtles and otters cozy up to the river's edge. These are some of the things you may experience if you choose [...]

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 [...]

Following Post-Hurricane Debris

This blog is about all of the trash, construction materials, mud, trees and whatever else makes up the debris that needs to be disposed of following a hurricane, specifically Hurricane Dorian. Dorian hit the Bahamas as a monster, Class 5 storm on Sept. 1 and as I'm typing this, Bahamians are bracing for another storm, [...]