Cuyahoga River celebrates 50 years of rejuvenation

Sludge drips off the fingers of Plain Dealer reporter Richard Eller after he dipped his hand in the polluted Cuyahoga River in Cleveland Ohio, in an undated photo taken sometime in the 1960s. (Plain Dealer file photo by Marvin M. Greene)

Since the final Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, Cleveland has transformed the Cuyahoga River from cesspool to beach party. (Albeit a party that a freighter occasionally powers through.)

Cleveland is celebrating that transformation all week, leading up to the official anniversary June 22.

See a historical timeline of the Cuyahoga River and the original report from the 1969 fire. Read about what issues river advocates are tackling in the future and why Clevelanders embrace the term Burning River on stories.

It’s all on cleveland.com.

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