The year 1969 was so studded with big moments — moonshot, Stonewall, Woodstock — that it’s easy to overlook what was, in hindsight, a seminal event in the environmental movement. Fifty years ago this summer, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, so befouled by oily industrial waste that not even leeches could live in it, literally burst into flames. Although it wasn’t the first fire on the Cuyahoga, or the biggest, the 1969 blaze rode the zeitgeist of a nation coming to grips with pollution. Time magazine published an article on America’s despoiled rivers, illustrated with a dramatic photograph from a 1952 Cuyahoga fire. The satirist and musician Randy Newman immortalized the blaze in song: “The Cuyahoga River goes smokin’ through my dreams.” The fire is even credited in part with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency a year later by that known radical tree-hugger, Richard Nixon. Today the Cuyahoga is clean enough that fish … [Read more...] about How to resurrect a river
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The Anthony J. Celebrezze rests on the Cuyahoga River on June 13 in Cleveland. The fire boat extinguished hot spots on a railroad bridge torched by burning fluids and debris on the Cuyahoga River in 1969. AP By KATY BURNS Monitor columnist Published: 6/23/2019 12:20:17 AM Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught on fire.The event captured national attention and galvanized public opinion. It was credited with leading to the passage of a host of environmental laws, including the federal Clean Water Act, and a revolution in the way Americans treat our precious river heritage.Last week, the anniversary of the river’s burning was widely recalled and celebrated for the good it brought. If you watched television or picked up a newspaper, you were reminded of the cataclysmic event Except, of course, that the river didn’t really catch on fire. It was a patch of thick and debris-choked oil sludge on the river that burned for all of … [Read more...] about Katy Burns: ‘Burn on, big river, burn on’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Climate Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Climate | How Many Times Does a River Have to Burn Before It Matters? Advertisement Supported by Past Tense When Cleveland’s Cuyahoga caught fire, it was ByNeil M. Maher June 22, 2019 It In the first whispers, which appeared in In the next telling, which appeared in Time magazine a month later, the heavily polluted river “burst into flames” and “nearly destroyed” the trestles. The final version played out in the early 1970s, in reported much later that the 1969 fire “led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the passage of the Clean Water Act.” Yet the Cuyahoga River fire’s iconic environmental status is as much a result of burning cities as it is of burning water. Cleveland, like the river flowing through it, was also polluted. … [Read more...] about How Many Times Does a River Have to Burn Before It Matters?
Their Views By FRED COHAN and ISAAC KLIMASMITH Los Angeles Times via Tribune News Service | Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Nearly 50 years ago, in the summer of 1969, Time magazine published photos of Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River in flames, searing the images into the national consciousness. The Cuyahoga River on fire became a lasting symbol of environmental damage and pollution — and a tipping point that helped galvanize Americans to take action and Congress to enact landmark environmental legislation, including the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Together, these laws save hundreds of thousands of American lives every year. ADVERTISING The recent National Climate Assessment paints a clear picture of the much larger environmental crisis that the United States confronts today: global warming. According to the report by 13 federal agencies, global warming will harm our ecosystems and our economy. Yet we continue to meet … [Read more...] about Infectious diseases will spread as temperatures rise
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The water quality improvements the Cuyahoga River has undergone since its iconic fire almost 50 years ago are well-documented. Now, another chapter has been added to the environmental success story: the release of a new documentary film on the YouTube channel.The 12-minute video, "Celebrating the Comeback of the Burning River, 1969-2019," traces the years since the fire instigated the launch of the federal Clean Water Act by environmentalists, and the river's inspiring transformation since then.The film is illustrated by archival footage and interviews with some of the key participants in the river's rebirth, such as river advocates Elaine Marsh and Jane Goodman, and the Ohio EPA's Bob Wysenski and Bill Zawiski. The movie was produced by the Ohio EPA.For those too young to remember the black-and-white images from local television newsreels, the film presents horrific scenes of fiery plumes of smoke on the river, fire boats pumping water on a burning railroad … [Read more...] about Cuyahoga River’s recovery since 1969 fire documented in new Ohio EPA film on YouTube