An event 48 years ago on June 22, 1969 put a major Ohio city at the forefront of the way our nation was abusing its environment, and played a huge roll in efforts to clean up water ways.
The water on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland actually caught fire near a Republic steel mill and the graphic pictures of the blaze spawned countless news stories, mistake-by-the-lake jokes, and demands that the federal government do something to stop rampant pollution.
There are plenty of folks who think the EPA has gone overboard in it’s rules and regulations, but few could argue that in general, our rivers and streams are in much better shape than they were back in the 60’s.
And a fire 48 years ago played a major roll in the improvements.
That’s the way I see it.