The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the final Cuyahoga River fire – the one that helped launch the modern environmental movement and led to the Clean Water Act — reached its pinnacle last weekend with a riverfront festival in and around Merwin’s Wharf and the Cleveland Rowing Club facility.
Booths were set up all over the property, offering adults and kids the opportunity to learn about what groups such as the Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, environmental groups and city departments are doing to help make the environment healthier. Fish featured prominently in everything from tanks with live specimens to the chance to make a fish hat. Visitors could paint rain barrels, take quizzes, play some cornhole, take a boat ride, share their hopes for the future, or just enjoy a drink or snack on a perfect sunny day. The celebration of the cleaning up of the river is over, but the work continues.
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