Yesterday afternoon Surfrider Foundation Northern Ohio Chapter organized a clean-up of the Cuyahoga River ahead of tomorrow’s Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta. (HOTC). Paddleboarders assisted by The Port of Cleveland’s Flotsam pulled floating debris from the river while others gathered trash from the banks of the river. Some appreciative rowers gave a nod as they glided past the paddleboarders. An eager golden retriever even decided to join in.
“Clean-ups like this allow us to keep our rivers and beaches clean while at the same time, it gives us the opportunity to talk about programs like our Great Lakes Friendly Restaurants program”, said Christy Gray, Surfrider Foundation Northern Ohio Chapter chair.
Over 2,000 rowers will descend upon the Cuyahoga River to compete in the 5k head race that starts just below the ArcelorMittal turning basin and finishes between Marwin’s Wharf and Cleveland Rowing Foundation. The HOTC caps a summer that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire. The HOTC along with the Blazing Paddles Paddlefest are great reflections on how the river that used to be a pipeline for pollution is now a conduit for recreation and tourism!