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Emily Collins, executive director of Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, on the bank of the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. (Credit: Jay Manning/PublicSource)
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Could the Ohio River have rights? A movement to grant rights to the environment tests the power of local control

Can you imagine if the Ohio River and its tributaries had legal rights? While speculative, the idea isn't necessarily far-fetched.

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A kayaker on the Ohio River. (Illustration by David Wilson for Belt Magazine)
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How the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitary Commission’s role as steadfast defender of the Ohio River has changed over time

I live in Mount Washington, on the east side of Cincinnati, roughly the midpoint of the 981-mile Ohio River. Below us, near the mouth of the Little Miami River, marinas, barge terminals and Cincinnati Water Works' Miller Treatment Plant line the river's bank.

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Lisa Werder Brown, the executive director of the Watersheds of South Pittsburgh, showing a flood area at the Beechview-Seldom Seen Greenway in Pittsburgh. (Credit: Terry Clark/PublicSource)
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A Pittsburgh-area test case in working across political boundaries to address flooding

Anthony Wolkiewicz had his picture taken with Fred Rogers while working at WQED in 1977.

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Barges after striking the Emsworth Dam. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)
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High waters, more hazardous cargo in the Ohio watershed complicate the job of keeping the waterways safe

Just before dawn in January 2018, 27 barges were floating like a net along the banks of the Ohio River, downstream of the city of Pittsburgh.

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Former water conservationist Tim Guilfoile fishes in the Ohio River. (Credit: Tim Guilfoile via Eye on Ohio)
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We mapped out the toxic wastewater discharges along the Ohio River. Here’s what we learned.

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)
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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)
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The minds behind Louisville’s riverfront revival

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

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