It lasted only 20 minutes, but has been immortalized in song for decades.
50 years ago, the Cuyahoga river caught fire.
Such conflagrations had happened before, and not just in Ohio, but in other waterways like the tributary to the Chicago’s river, known as “Bubbly Creek.” More
But how is this poster child for the Clean Water Act doing today? According to the Cleveland Aquarium, which takes regular water samples from the Cuyahoga “most days the Cuyahoga’s health comes out “fairly good”.”