The Cuyahoga river is a river that got so polluted that all of the fish in it died. As if that weren’t enough, in 1969 the river caught fire. This event spurred the creation of the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Interestingly, 1969 was not the only time the river caught fire. In fact, it had been set ablaze at least 13 times since 1968. The river has been decribed as so thick with sludge that is “oozes rather than flows.”
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