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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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