Burning River: The Event that Transformed

Cleveland's Flats & Influenced National Policy 

The Foundry Community Rowing and Sailing Center, in partnership with Destination Cleveland, are pleased to welcome Dr. John Hartig, a Fulbright Scholar whose research focuses on cleanup of the Great Lakes. Dr. Hartig will delve into how public outcry over the 1969 Cuyahoga river fire catalyzed river cleanup locally and nationally, and helped to revitalize the Flats.


Join us for this special event on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 2:00pm. Doors open at 1:00pm and the presentation will begin promptly at 2:00pm.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more information, contact Michael Ferry at (216) 413-3950


Meet Dr. John Hartig

Dr. John Hartig is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. The focus of his Fulbright is multi-disciplinary research on cleanup of the Great Lakes. Dr. Hartig also serves as the Great Lakes Science-Policy Adviser for the International Association for Great Lakes Research.


During 2017-18, Dr. Hartig served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario. For 14 years he served as Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. John has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2017 Community Peacemaker Award from Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, the 2016 Edward G. Voss Conservation Science Award from Michigan Nature Association, the 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association, and the 2013 Conservation Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.


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