There won’t be a public celebration I’m sure, but there are people in northeastern Ohio who no doubt are feeling a sense of satisfaction today.
For the first time in nearly 5 decades the U. S. EPA has determined that fish caught in the Cuyahoga River are safe to eat.
No big deal you say?
Then you weren’t around or haven’t seen pictures of the day back in the 1960’s when the Cuyahoga actually caught fire in Cleveland.
There was so much oil and other pollution on the river that the water could burn and did, triggering months of jokes and even a song that you hear when the movie Major League begins.
Years of efforts by citizens and environmental groups have resulted in a river clean up and sewer system upgrades that have rendered the water safe to serve as a habitat for fish that won’t poison you if you eat them.
That’s quite an accomplishment and it’s a positive indicator that with enough energy, and money, we can solve some of our biggest issues, like a river that burns.
That’s the way I see it.