CLEVELAND -- Cleveland has had a challenging history when it comes to environmental advocacy, conservation and protection, but we have always taken those challenges and turned them into opportunities. The devastating burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969 led to our city playing a critical role in jump-starting the modern environmental movement, and in the aftermath of the fire, active citizens and local political leaders like Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes and his brother, U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, combined to form a powerful force for the healing of Cleveland’s waterways. Their advocacy also contributed to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, which benefited the entire country, in addition to Cleveland. This seminal moment would not have occurred if it hadn’t been for engaged local citizens and the leadership of city officials.
As this year’s Cleveland mayor’s race stretches into its final weeks, many issues will be weighing on voters’ minds as they make their final choice of who they want to succeed Mayor Frank Jackson. As the vice president of policy and strategic engagement at the Alliance for the Great Lakes, one of the issues that is top of mind for me is how the candidates plan to handle our city’s most important resource — water.
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