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Restoring the Cuyahoga River Together

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At Float The River, located in Cuyahoga Falls, our passion lies in reshaping perceptions of the Cuyahoga River. Our mission is to transform it into an exhilarating and eco-friendly haven for recreational activities, all while demonstrating the incredible outcomes that can be achieved through genuine care and collective effort. Moreover, we strive to inspire our valued customers to embrace sustainability not only during their time with us but also in their everyday lives. Together, we can make a positive impact and forge a brighter future for both the river and our communities.

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The Cuyahoga River gained notoriety in 1969 when a historic fire drew attention to its water pollution issues. This incident sparked public outrage, leading to significant cleanup efforts and the enactment of environmental legislation like the Clean Water Act. While the river’s reputation has gradually improved, it serves as a lasting reminder of the need for environmental stewardship and prevention of future pollution incidents.

Our founders, TJ and Savannah, discovered the Cuyahoga River’s lingering negative reputation due to the historic fire incident and its impact on environmental degradation. To challenge this perception, Savannah conducted water quality experiments comparing the Cuyahoga River to other local waterways used for recreation. The results showcased the river’s exceptional cleanliness, thanks to the diligent efforts of the community and stewards. Today, the Cuyahoga River proudly displays its restored and captivating beauty.

The Evolution of the Cuyahoga River

Despite the fire incident in 1969, the perception of the river as “dirty” still persists among the local community. However, the restoration efforts of the community and river stewards have yielded remarkable results in transforming the river into a stunning waterway. Their unwavering commitment has revitalized what was once a neglected and polluted area, breathing life into a flourishing ecosystem for future generations. 

Through collective efforts, volunteers and community members have cleaned up litter, removed invasive species, and more, contributing to the river’s remarkable transformation and battling local environmental issues. Their commitment to preserving and restoring the river has created a space for everyone to enjoy. Not to mention, the river is now teeming with wildlife and vegetation. The once murky waters have become sparkling, providing a habitat for fish populations, birds, and other aquatic creatures.

Float The River’s Social Venture

Float The River was founded as a visionary social venture, aiming to cultivate a profound emotional connection with the Cuyahoga River and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Driven by TJ and Savannah’s desire to foster a more positive perception of the river, they embarked on this incredible business endeavor. By offering tube rentals on the river, they have facilitated transformative and uplifting experiences for individuals, forging a deep bond between people and the Cuyahoga River through the principles of ecotourism. Float The River’s ultimate mission is to promote ecotourism and nurture a positive and enduring relationship between individuals and the river.

Annual River Clean-ups and Environmental Contributions

Float The River upholds an unwavering commitment to ensuring a clean and safe river environment for all to relish. Annually, we spearhead river cleanup events, diligently removing trash and debris from both the river and its adjacent areas. These clean-ups play a vital role in sustaining the remarkable progress in enhancing the river’s health and fostering long-term sustainability.

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Furthermore, Float The River proudly contributes donations to river stewards who exemplify tireless dedication to safeguarding and conserving the river. These donations bolster their commendable initiatives, ranging from water quality monitoring to promoting environmental awareness and advocating responsible river utilization. Together, we endeavor to protect this invaluable resource and foster a collective sense of stewardship.

At Float The River, our commitment extends beyond words. We personally dedicate our time to safeguarding the river’s safety and sustainability. Engaging in hands-on participation, we actively contribute to river clean-up efforts, enlighten the community about the significance of preserving natural habitats, and champion sustainable practices among river users.

Recognizing that a pristine and thriving river benefits us all, we organize annual clean-up initiatives, provide donations to support river stewards, and personally invest in nurturing the river’s well-being. These collective actions align with our steadfast mission of fostering a clean and sustainable river environment that can be cherished by everyone.

The Cuyahoga River’s Safe and Clean Status

Embracing the river for swimming and recreational pursuits offers a thrilling and enjoyable experience. However, we prioritize your safety above all else. Be assured that comprehensive measures are implemented to safeguard your well-being and ensure a delightful time in the water.

Foremost, the water quality undergoes regular testing and diligent monitoring to meet stringent safety standards. Our team of experts diligently maintains a clean and healthy environment, assuring you that the water is safe for swimming and various activities. With this knowledge, you can embark on your river adventure with peace of mind, knowing that your safety is our utmost priority.

Preserving the cleanliness of the river and safeguarding its wildlife hinges on the mindfulness of our valued customers during their floating experience.

Being mindful means not littering or polluting the river with harmful substances. It means being aware of the impact our actions can have on the environment and taking steps to minimize any negative effects.

Keep Our Rivers Clean

Float The River has played a significant role in transforming the reputation of the Cuyahoga River. The neglected and once-polluted water is now a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Our commitment to sustainability and community engagement has been instrumental in changing public perception. We have created a positive and inclusive environment, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and appreciate the river’s unique ecosystem.

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Through our activities, Float The River has shown that the Cuyahoga River is more than just a polluted waterway of the past. It is now a vibrant and thriving ecosystem that deserves respect and protection. Keeping our rivers clean is crucial for the health of our environment! It’s a responsibility we all share, and each of us can make a difference. By getting involved in river clean-up efforts, we become stewards of the environment and contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Cleaning up a river is not just about picking up trash. It’s about preserving the natural habitats that countless species call home. When we remove pollution and debris from the river, we are creating a safer and healthier environment for plants, animals, and ourselves.

By experiencing the Cuyahoga River firsthand, you can create lasting memories and deepen your appreciation for the natural world. With each visit, you contribute to the preservation of this remarkable environment.

So, grab your paddle, take a deep breath, and embark on an unforgettable journey. The Cuyahoga River awaits, ready to inspire and captivate you. Join us in preserving its beauty and supporting sustainable ecotourism. Experience the magic of this extraordinary river today!

Float the River With Us

At Float The River, we are passionate about providing a safe and unforgettable experience as you float the Cuyahoga River. We invite you to join us as we connect with our surroundings and keep our beloved river clean. Your unforgettable river adventure starts here.