22 June 2008

Today's Reason to Celebrate

I'm trying out a new feature. In order to get back towards regular posts, I'm going to try a daily post about a reason to celebrate. This may last for a while or not at all, we'll see.

Today's reason to celebrate:
June 22 is the anniversary of the day the Cuyahoga River caught fire, in 1969. It had actually burned on other occasions previously, but the 1969 fire got into Time magazine and galvanized support for clean water nationwide. The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire ultimately resulted in the Clean Water Act and a large number of state and federal clean water programs. Clean water is something we can all drink to.

But seriously... the river caught fire. It actually burned. Damn. Nowadays the upper reaches of the river are clean enough that the area surrounding it has become Cuyahoga Valley National Park, so that's a nice turnaround.

Incidentally, the above picture is of the 1952 river fire; there apparently aren't any pictures of the 1969 one.

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