From the Ashes of ’69, a River Reborn
“I never thought I would see in my lifetime, let alone in my career, such an amazing comeback of a river.”
- Steve Tuckerman, Cuyahoga River environmental specialist
The first time Gene Roberts fell into the Cuyahoga River, he worried he might die. The year was 1963, and the river was still an open sewer for industrial waste. Walking home, Mr. Roberts smelled so bad that his friends ran to stay upwind of him.
Recently, Mr. Roberts returned to the river carrying his fly-fishing rod ... In 20 minutes, he caught six smallmouth bass.