Here Comes Earth Day (and enough with that 66 year old photo of the Cuyahoga River)

We'll admit a certain dread when Earth Day rolls around as many well-meaning folks will trot out a 66-year-old photo of the Cuyahoga River as an example of what will happen if Scott Pruitt/EPA/Donald Trump get their way. We admire the engaged activism but folks, the Cuyahoga River ain't burning anytime soon. There are simply too many stakeholders who use the river and understand how a cleaner, greener river serves as an economic driver for the region. Besides - we've tried to set the river on fire - it doesn't work.

This year's Earth Day has a more tangible theme: End Plastic Pollution, and the day is "dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics." The Earth Day Network is inviting you to help end plastic pollution by finding out how many plastic items you consume every year and make a PLEDGE to reduce the amount.

In the Cleveland area you can act locally with a couple of beach and trash pick-ups:

You can also celebrate Earth Day by getting out and enjoying a trail near you! Rails to Trails Conservancy recently kicked the season off with their 6th annual Opening Day for Trails on April 7. In Cleveland, Cleveland Rowing Foundation hosted Sustainable ClevelandBike Cleveland, Canalway Partners, Cuyahoga County Planning, NOACA, Ohio City Bike Co-Op and Brick and Barrel Brewing on an event that encouraged hikers and cyclists to check out Cleveland's paths and bikeways.

If you needed an additional Earth Day pep-talk, check out Jess Hieb's talk on the value of getting out and recreating on your natural resource, be it on land or water! The more people recreate on their natural resources, the more people will appreciate and support them! 

Coffee Outside on the Cuyahoga River with Joy Machines Bicycle Shop

Coffee Outside on the Cuyahoga River with Joy Machines Bicycle Shop

Joy Machine's Bicycle Shop decide to host a pop-up event called simply enough "Coffee Outside" at the "spoon", Canalway Partners' name for the Scranton Flats pier jutting out over the river.

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Opening Day for the 2018 Great Lakes Maritime Season on the Cuyahoga River

Opening Day for the 2018 Great Lakes Maritime Season on the Cuyahoga River

With spring officially three weeks off, Northeast Ohio looks for any signs of its early arrival and Tuesday delivered as Interlake Steamship Company's Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder made its first trip of the 2018 maritime shipping season up the Cuyahoga River.

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on the Cuyahoga River

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on the Cuyahoga River

Today our nation remembers, commemorates, and celebrates the birth of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and we're reminded of King's impact on something he may not be widely recognized for: the rebirth of the Cuyahoga River.

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When Santa and the Coast Guard Rescue the Santa Paddle's Rescue Boat

When Santa and the Coast Guard Rescue the Santa Paddle's Rescue Boat

Usually we prefer to stay in the background when we're covering one of Cleveland's waterfront stories but during Sunday's third annual Santa Paddle, we found ourselves right in the middle of a Cleveland version of "The Old Man and the Sea"

 

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Things We're Thankful For

Things We're Thankful For

Thanksgiving provides a wonderful time for family and friends to gather and celebrate a modern "harvest" together. It's also a time that allows people the opportunity to consider the many things we have to be thankful for. In that spirit, we wanted to reflect on the many things (in no particular order) we're thankful for with regards to Cleveland's waterfront.

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Traci Lynn Martin's Great Lakes Circumnavigation Adventure

Traci Lynn Martin's Great Lakes Circumnavigation Adventure

Imagine taking a year off from your job, cashing in a large chunk of your 401K, saying goodbye to your family, and setting off on a journey to achieve one goal but also to show people with chronic illness how to triumph over adversity. Traci Lynn Martin is doing just that in her quest to become the first person to circumnavigate all five Great Lakes

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Critical YAK on the Cuyahoga River

Critical YAK on the Cuyahoga River

Last Friday we caught up with the inaugural Critical YAK, an informal aquatic gathering where kayakers put in at Cleveland Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf dock, paddled 1.7 miles down the Cuyahoga River out to Lake Erie, hung a left and beached at Wendy Park for some fun at Whiskey Island Still and Eatery before returning to Merwin's Wharf.

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