Former water conservationist Tim Guilfoile fishes in the Ohio River. (Credit: Tim Guilfoile via Eye on Ohio)

We mapped out the toxic wastewater discharges along the Ohio River. Here’s what we learned.

"The scary part is that most people who fish are not aware of these advisories although there are notices with fish and wildlife agencies"

All Tim Guilfoile wants to do is fish. Before his retirement, he had two careers: one in business and one in water quality activism.

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Anglers at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. (Credit: William Alden/flickr)
Originals

Whose job is it to reduce toxic mercury in the Ohio River?

Mercury, which damages young brains, is flowing through industrial wastewater into the Ohio River. But the multi-state agency tasked with keeping the waterway clean hasn't tightened controls on this pollution because it doesn't have the authority to do so.

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Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky, during the July Forecastle Music Festival. (Credit: Ryan Van Velzer/WFPL)
Originals

The minds behind Louisville’s riverfront revival

In Louisville, Kentucky, the Ohio River has something of an image problem.

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Jim Casto stands up against the tiled river height gauge along the entrance of the floodwall in Huntington, West Virginia. (Credit: Liam Niemeyer, Ohio Valley ReSource)
Originals

Rising waters: Aging levees, climate change and the challenge to hold back the Ohio River

When 78-year-old Jim Casto looks at the towering floodwalls that line downtown Huntington, West Virginia, he sees a dark history of generations past.

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Volunteers help ReNewport Executive Director Josh Tunning (far left) plant trees where they've depaved sections of the sidewalk in Newport, Kentucky. (Credit: Bonnie Jean Feldkamp/Eye on Ohio)
Originals

The Ohio River community of Newport bands together to slow runoff and add greenspace

The city of Newport, Kentucky, is shaped on its north and west borders by the Ohio and Licking rivers. And while Newport hosts entertainment venues and a bourbon distillery bolstered by views of Cincinnati's skyline, its geography and history also create challenges.

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On the most populated Ohio River island, this beekeeper found a way to better himself and his community

Dave Watkins lives on Wheeling Island, the most populated island along the Ohio River.

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Nurdle Patrol participant Sam Sugarek shows off a nurdle found along the beaches of Texas. (Credit: Jace Tunnell)
Originals

Ever hear of a nurdle? This new form of pollution could be coming to the Ohio River

When the petrochemical plant being built by Shell Chemical Appalachia in Beaver County is complete, it's anticipated to bring 600 jobs as well as spinoff industries. But some researchers and activists warn that it could also bring a new type of pollution to the Ohio River Valley — nurdles.

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Originals

Fighting pollution and apathy on the Lower Ohio

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — When Jason Flickner was a kid, he built a dam on the creek behind his grandparents' house causing it to flood a neighbor's basement.

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Illustration of the R.E. Burger power plant by David Wilson/Belt Magazine.
Originals

What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio River means for regional communities and beyond

The R.E. Burger coal-fired power plant's final day ended, appropriately enough, in a cloud of black smoke and dust.

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A barge ships coal up the Ohio River near Cincinnati. (Photo by Lucia Walinchus/Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism)
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The water is cleaner but the politics are messier: A look back at the Clean Water Act movement after 50 years

In June 1969, a Time Magazine article garnered national attention when it brought to light the water quality conditions in Ohio: a river had literally caught fire.

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Originals

Paddling 300 miles to protect the waters of Ohi:yo', the 'good river'

For degawëno:da's, paddling the length of the Allegheny River over the course of four months this year was to be a "witness to the raw element of the natural world."

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BarbiAnn Maynard drives 45 minutes from her home in Martin County, Kentucky, to a spring at the Mingo-Logan county line in West Virginia to fill containers with fresh water. (Credit: Curren Sheldon/100 Days in Appalachia)
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'That's vinegar:' The Ohio River's history of contamination and progress made

In 1958, researchers from the University of Louisville and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission gathered at a lock on the Monongahela River for routine collecting, counting and comparing of fish species.

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Trump’s other war is going well

No, not the war against the press. Or impeachment. Or immigrants. Or reality. But the swamp-draining, regulation-stomping, soul-crushing assault on the environment.

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