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Watershed: Listeners Share Memories of the Burning River

A Goodtime cruise in August 1964 shows the Cleveland skyline with two bridges, one a railroad bridge and the other the Carter Road bridge over the oddly colored Cuyahoga River.
A Goodtime cruise in August 1964 shows the Cleveland skyline with two bridges, one a railroad bridge and the other the Carter Road bridge over the oddly colored Cuyahoga River.

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.
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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.
Elaine Marsh founded the Friends of the Crooked River.
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Elaine Marsh founded the Friends of the Crooked River.

Elaine Marsh on the Cuyahoga going back 60 years

Frank Samsel launched the first clean-up service on the Cuyahoga River with his boat Putzfrau.
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Frank Samsel launched the first clean-up service on the Cuyahoga River with his boat Putzfrau.

River memories from Frank Samsel

Mark Weimer grew up with the Gorge Metro Park in his backyard.  He became active in environmental activities as a high school student.
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Mark Weimer grew up with the Gorge Metro Park in his backyard. He became active in environmental activities as a high school student.

Mark Weimer on his childhood memories of the river, growing up in Cuyahoga Falls

Walt Adams appeared in a video about the history of the Kent Environmental Council.
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Walt Adams appeared in a video about the history of the Kent Environmental Council.

Walt Adams on the Cuyahoga River in Kent in 1970

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Watershed: Listeners Share Memories of the Burning River
Watershed: Listeners Share Memories of the Burning River
Watershed: Listeners Share Memories of the Burning River
Watershed: Listeners Share Memories of the Burning River