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Cuyahoga River is Going Green – In a Good Way
The Cuyahoga River, which runs through Cleveland Ohio, at one time was one of the most polluted rivers in the United States. The surface is covered with the brown oily film and large quantities of black heavy oil floating in slicks, sometimes several inches thick, are observed frequently. Debris and trash are commonly caught up in these slicks forming an unsightly floating mess.

There have reportedly been at least thirteen fires on the Cuyahoga River, the first occurring in 1868. The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire helped spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA).

June 22, 1969 The River is Burning

In an attempt to bring plant, bug, and fish life back to a dead part of the river, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission are using manmade floating islands to help mimic the leafy, green banks of a naturally healthy river. The floating islands and mats project, in its second summer, is the latest in a series of experiments along the bulkheads, which are in place to keep the river wide enough for ships.

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Broward Canal Yields the Largest Invasive Snakehead Fish - A 14-pound, three-ounce bullseye snakehead, a member of an exotic family of aggressive, fast-growing, razor-toothed air-gulper fish was pulled from the Margate canal recently. The snakehead is an Asian invader and while the fish hasn’t proven much of a monster in Northwest Broward, where it was first discovered in a lake in 2000 and has been corralled by the canal systems’ flood-control gates and water structures, the capture does show that the population is quite healthy in South Florida.

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