Watershed: Listeners Share Memories of the Burning River

Jun 17, 2019

Starting on June 24, WKSU will begin a series of reports looking at the state of our local waterways including the Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, and Black Rivers as well as Lake Erie. As we prepared these reports, we asked listeners to share their memories of the time 50 years ago when the Cuyahoga River burned. You'll hear their recollections on air all week, and you can check them out here as well.  

Ed Kelly used to work for the city of Cleveland and recalls counting how many pipes emptied into the Cuyahoga River as part of early attempts to regulate pollution.
Credit JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU
Elaine Marsh founded the Friends of the Crooked River.
Credit JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU
Frank Samsel launched the first clean-up service on the Cuyahoga River with his boat Putzfrau.
Credit JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU
Mark Weimer grew up with the Gorge Metro Park in his backyard. He became active in environmental activities as a high school student.
Credit NATHAN REINECK / WKSU
Walt Adams appeared in a video about the history of the Kent Environmental Council.
Credit STANDING ROCK CULTURAL ARTS

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