The old Cuyahoga River has sure had it’s hands full through the years with the effects of civilization. From spills, dumping and even a river fire, human development has taken a toll but it’s great to see that change for the better over the last 10 to 20 years.
From manufacturing remediation, to volunteer clean ups, the Cuyahoga has been rediscovered and celebrated for not only it’s historical significance but also its natural beauty. At the age of the river, natural beauty isn’t quite as natural as it used to be — it takes a lot ecological nips, tucks and lifts to keep the river looking great, and I’m pleased to report that the river has lots of help.
In addition to the formal watershed management programs that the cities in our region perform, there’s also a healthy population of naturalist volunteers that give up their time and energy to restore the river’s brilliance. Every so often those river fans gather during the course of the year to pull-on a pair of waders and honor the spirit of the river the old fashioned way — by pulling out tons of trash and debris that have become entangled in the river bottom.