It’s a well-known story: More than 50 years ago, the Cuyahoga River erupted into flames from pollution on an oil-slicked stretch near a steel plant.
What’s not widely known, though, is that the national environmental movement was ignited in large part because of Cleveland. The river spurred a movement in environmental responsibility when Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes testified before Congress for federal legislation to clean up Cleveland’s water. His transformative efforts led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the 1972 Clean Water Act.
For years, the innovative vision of leaders has continued to move Greater Cleveland forward. Improved river quality has led to increased development on the river. Now and forever, Cleveland is focused on building a thriving green city on a blue lake.