To keep kayakers and stand-up paddlers safe on the Cuyahoga River, volunteers are forming a Cuyahoga River Ambassador Program — or CRAP, for short. The nonprofit Phastar Corp. is working with the Cleveland Metroparks, Foundry and Nalu Paddle & Surf to train about two dozen volunteers for the program. For more information, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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This summer, students at Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School will patrol the Cuyahoga River, aiming to make the river safer and give teenagers experience on the water. The student river ambassadors will serve four at a time on a retired U.S. Coast Guard boat, with a captain and maybe an off-duty law enforcement officer.…

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Cleveland is working with the Port of Cleveland to paint 6-foot NO DOCKING signs on 10 safety zones in the Cuyahoga River. “Most people, if you see bright red paint and 6-foot-long signs, you’re not going to park your boat there,” Cleveland emergency operations center manager Alexander Pellom told the Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force…

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Talk to boaters in Cleveland, and they’ll likely complain about the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge. Known as NS1, the lift bridge at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River is usually down, making it impossible to cross from between Lake Erie and the river, with its Flats summertime playground. But this summer, Norfolk Southern is committed…

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The city of Cleveland plans to paint 10 sections of bulkheads in the increasingly busy Cuyahoga River red, with “No Docking” signs to keep boaters from tying up there. The longest safety zone is along the revitalized Flats East Bank, a 600-foot stretch from Alley Cat Oyster Bar north to the Norfolk Southern Bridge. Parking…

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