Cuyahoga River Homecoming 

The Cuyahoga River Homecoming is a festival celebrating the environmental progress made for the Cuyahoga River and surrounding tributaries! This celebration was held in conjunction with several other festivals around Northeast Ohio recognizing the 50th anniversary of the infamous fire on the Cuyahoga River in June of 1969. 

We want to thank everyone who participated in the festivities to make this such an amazing event! The Cuyahoga River Homecoming was such a success with help from our exhibitors, volunteers, and community. 


Find more photos from the Cuyahoga River Homecoming, here!


Blue Heron Homecoming

The Blue Heron Homecoming is an annual environmental festival that allows community members a chance to learn about the Akron Waterways Renewed! program. The festival features representatives from the City of Akron, firms involved with the AWR! program, and partners such as local non-profits and environmental groups. This year's Blue Heron Homecoming will be called the Cuyahoga River Homecoming to celebrate the significant water-quality improvements made to the Cuyahoga River over the 50 years since the infamous 1969 fire. See below for more information.  

The festival is named for the great blue herons that nest nearby. This four-foot-tall bird is native to the area, but its population was declining due to the poor water quality of the Cuyahoga River. Since efforts were made to improve water quality, the great blue heron has seen a resurgence in the area, and is commonly seen along the Towpath Trail, Ohio & Erie Canal, Cuyahoga River and Little Cuyahoga River. This resurgence is a testament to the work that's been done so far, and serves as a reminder of the positive impact that the AWR! program is having on the local environment. You can learn more about the great blue heron at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park website here.



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Check out our 2016 photos HERE