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Looks like they used the same color for the newer browns logos.
You might notice further back the water is normal. This likely came from Sherwin Williams, which has its headquarters and research facility along the river in downtown.
Wow and think they didnt think anything wrong with the river being that shade of brown…and flammable.
Yet people are against the idea of government regulations…
It’s honestly great seeing how far the city has come.
My father sails regularly there and the lake has come a long way. All the derogatory things said about the lake are all images people have of this.
The lake and river now are extremely clean.
cover the earth
Any way we can get a recent picture from a similar angle.
I remember many years ago when that river caught on fire!
I wonder how the Canadians felt about this, Lake Erie is shared/Split between US and Canada
It amazes me that people ever thought this was acceptable. Completely raping our home planet in exchange for money
After the Cuyahoga caught fire a lot of discussion started taking place about regulating what can and can’t be dumped into rivers, lakes, fields… And the EPA was born
Hey OP, you can cross post this on r/catastrophicfailure
How did anyone ever think this was ok?
The result of unfettered capitalism. This situation led to the creation of the EPA. The river looks great now. It’s not too late to change the planet.
A coworker once told me how here in southwest Ohio, all the factories would leave a layer of ash on your car in the 1960s. There was a coal power plant situated literally next to downtown.
So after work, you’d just have to brush off your car or it would ruin the paintjob.
Having grown up and lived in the cleveland metro area my entire life, i can say huge improvements have been made. Just last year the EPA stated fish caught in the cuyahoga river are now safe to eat. still a lot of work to do though. when we were kids (and probably still today) after a big rain in the summer they used to put signs on the beach telling people not to swim in the lake because sewage overflow would go right into the lake
There’s a reason Great Lakes brewing makes a beer called burning river
Merica is only 2nd on the Co2 producing list of countries…
Ah yes, good old fashioned Cleveland tourism.
The Cleveland Browns were known to baptise their new players in the river. However, the river is so polluted, it strips their talent away, as seen here.
Make some noise this year Cleveland please
How is this history "porn"? I like my porn to make me feel good, not sad.
This is the river that has caught fire 13 times.
And what led to Nixon to creating the EPA.
This is why we need the EPA. Perfect example.
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I know people always trash governments and corporations for destroying the environment but honestly we’ve come a LONG way since these days.
no-regulation industry, pre epa.
blah who needs it, huh?
Somewhere out there is a republican looking at this photo and getting a raging hard on.
Who is! Podcast just covered this issue. Great episode!
I use the story of this river, and the fact that it used to catch on fire, as part of the stormwater pollution trainings I give. I’ve never seen color photos of the water, only black and white. It doesn’t make the situation appear better.
And our generation have to pay for this, and future generations will get the consequences.
And this is why the EPA exists – and why it should be a hell of a lot more powerful than it currently is.
Ah, yes. The river that caught fire. I watched it burn from the CTS rapid transit train, now RTA.
Edmund Fitzgerald in the Front?
Now I understand why they are called the Cleveland Browns! The more ya know….
As a CLE resident…learn from our mistakes. EPA good, industrial waste bad. Also, when your city wants to celebrate by hosting a world record event of releasing helium balloons 🎈….DON’T!
Also kind Reddit users, can we change the euphemism of “mistake by the lake” to be understood as the 2020 presidential debate and not CLE, that would be clutch🤗
Yea gonna guess this is an example of why I grew in hearing about water advisories growing up lol. Ohio water isn’t great.
If you haven’t before, google images for the Great Lakes.
Lake Superior… oh that’s lovely
Lake Ontario… oh beautiful
Lake Michigan.. breathtaking
Lake Huron… oh man, I gotta go!
Lake Eerie… OH SWEET JESUS WTF OHIO?!?!
Hard to believe that less than 20 years after that I was eating fish I caught in that lake
I grew up outside of Cleveland at this time so on a few occasions a year my family had reasons to go downtown shopping. Back then the major department stores had their flagship locations downtown. The shopping malls in the suburbs were beginning to bleed off shoppers and they eventually all closed and now fifty years later the mall stores are going away. But I digress.
The lasting impression for me was a certain odor that came from the steel mills that was alarmingly bad to a twelve year old. People have described it as satan’s butthole. BTW Gary,IN smelled just as bad.
Ah, my hometown
It’s gotten much better since then, the city has done a pretty good job cleaning itself up. It’s a shame that this is what we are known for though…
Repeated failures of that magnitude yet no executive saw jail time
Come on down to Cleveland town everyone
Entire bankroll on Cleveland money line you say?
Is that the river that caught on fire in the 70’s? So gross. See, we have made great strides in cleaning up our environment.
Burn on, big river…
Randy Newman has a song about this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VtW8RkI3-c4
Im from Cleveland OH The river is famous for catching on fire
Boy howdy how I miss those days! I hope our beloved GOP brings us back there soon!
On a positive note, from that we got the beer “Burning River”.