A barge ships coal up the Ohio River near Cincinnati. (Photo by Lucia Walinchus/Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism)

The water is cleaner but the politics are messier: A look back at the Clean Water Act movement after 50 years

"The power we all see with the Ohio River — we have this shared care for it. Its restoration would be symbolic of something bigger."

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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