(The Cleveland Plain Dealer) Firefighters put out the remains of a bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland that burned on June 22, 1969.
A River Runs Cleanly Through It
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JUNE 26, 2009
Eazibee, HappyNews Columnist

I've been out of action for a while - my laptop expired! But I got back online today, just in time to find this great story on NPR.
It documents the progress made in cleaning up the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, USA, over the last 40 years. Amazingly, this river was so polluted in the 1960s and 70s it caught fire (more than once). Most fish couldn't survive in the water, and it would certainly have been foolish to swim in it.
But media coverage led to environmental activism, which in turn spawned regulation and ultimately the birth of the Environmental Protection Agency - and the Cuyahoga got cleaned up. Now, people kayak up and down the river, which is filled with all kinds of fish. As the NPR article points out, the waters aren't pristine, but they are much healthier. It seems the public spotlight is quite an effective bleaching agent!
Read the story on NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105750930
This column, in its original location: http://reasonstobehopeful.blogspot.com/2009/06/river-runs-cleanly-through-it.html

Eazibee hails from the UK but now lives in New York, where she works as a consultant - focused on health and environmental issues in developing countries - alongside raising a young family. She devotes any free time she has left to screenwriting and blogging. Reasons to be Hopeful is her principal blog, which she started in October 2007 in an effort to counter the negativity dominating the mainstream newswires. She aims to capture good news from across the world, reflecting the positive experiences of many different communities. Please feel free to send any good stories you come across to eazibee(at)gmail.com.