It’s been five decades since the most famous of the fires on Cleveland’s River. Since then, the cleanup of the Cuyahoga River has also led to the transformation of the Cleveland Flats from an industrial wasteland into a community where nature, commerce, and industry live together.
Recognizing Ralph Wilson’s love for water and what it can do to redefine urban places, the Foundation awarded $50 million each for West Riverfront Park in Detroit and LaSalle Park in Buffalo, both being renamed Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park.
The osprey team is part of an effort to monitor, track and protect this massive bird of prey. The woman in the middle of the circle holding onto the osprey for dear life was Barb Jensen – the “Osprey Lady of Michigan.”
A recent article published by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences concluded what Detroit Garden Center had long known – that small patches of habitat are important to protecting biodiversity or the variety of life on Earth.
Throughout his life Dingell was a congressional page, a park ranger, a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, an assistant county prosecutor, and always a lover of the great outdoors.
He grew up fishing and hunting in and along the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.
Raptors are birds of prey that hunt food primarily by flight, using their keen senses, chiefly vision. Examples of raptors include broad-winged hawks, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, osprey, and others.
A recent case study of the cleanup of Toronto Harbour has shown that investing in environmental cleanup and restoration yields considerable economic and social benefits. If cities want to achieve competitive advantage, environmental cleanup and protection are essential.
The Buffalo River was viewed as a working river that supported industry and commerce, and water pollution then was viewed as just part of the cost of doing business. At that time, people cared most about jobs and providing for their families, with little concern for the environment and its pollution.
There is, perhaps, no more poignant example of this societal indifference to water pollution than when the Buffalo River caught on fire 50 years ago