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Uploaded on Dec 14, 2008
By the 1960s the lower Cuyahoga River in Cleveland was used for waste disposal, and was choked with debris, oils, sludge, industrial wastes and sewage. These pollutants were considered a major source of impact to Lake Erie, which was considered dead at the time. On June 22, 1969 a river fire captured national attention. Time magazine described the Cuyahoga as the river that "oozes rather than flows" and in which a person "does not drown but decays." This event helped spur an avalanche of pollution control activities resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal and state Environmental Protection Agencies. For more information on the past problems and current state of Lake Erie, go to the TEACH site at http://www.great-lakes.net/teach/poll... . TEACH is a project of the Great Lakes Commission through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Great Lakes National Program Office.