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 [...]

The Cuyahoga River burned, but now people are jumping in

When the Cuyahoga River infamously burned 50 years ago, recreation was not even a thought. The stench and unpleasant scenery were uninviting, quite opposite of the river seen today. Now, the river sets a different scene — some even say it’s sparking with excitement. Moneen McBride, co-founder of Burning River Adventures, says the past couple [...]

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 [...]

Now that the river is cleaner, how do we keep people safe?

When attempting to recreate on the Cuyahoga River, just as on any body of water, it's imperative to be aware of how the river works and the dangers it potentially presents.  Just a month ago, over Labor Day weekend, a kayaker capsized on the water, causing her death. One of the most pressing concerns for [...]

Analysis: Why we need environmental education

Early environmental learning All my life, I lived near two famous bodies and I still know very little about either of them. I am 22 years old and still trying to educate myself about climate change and other environmental issues I could've learned in middle and high school. The biggest things I really learned early [...]