Kay Amey

Profession: Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography of Kent State University at Ashtabula. She taught Physical Geography at Cleveland State University, Environmental Law and Environmental Geology at Hiram College, and Earth Dynamics Lab and Lecture at Kent State University Main Campus. She also worked for the EPA.

Connection to the river: "My whole career has been based on the environment and all of the rivers in Ohio."

The meaning of the Cuyahoga River for Ohio people: "The river started the whole environmental movement and the creation of the EPA in 1972 when Nixon was president. It was a national sensation and the whole country was appalled that the river would catch on fire and that and other environmental disasters brought the environmental movement into American Consciousness. Before that time, the environment was severely degraded and they started the Clean Water Act of 1972 as well."

"I think it is a great victory for the EPA northeast district office to return the Cuyahoga to its current state nearly in compliance with the Clean Water Act and nearly making the entire river fishable and swimmable. Once the dams are removed the impact will be seen."

The favorite cultural aspect of the river: "The incredible recovery that it has made to what it is today. The river made people pay attention to the pollution of the river. It helped the U.S to form the Laws governing the Environmental and form the US EPA and the Ohio EPA in 1972."

The first memory of the Cuyahoga River: Her first memory of the Cuyahoga River was seeing it from Terminal Tower. The river looked a dark, brownish black; she thought it was the color of the river.

The favorite feature/place/section thing about the river: Her favorite place is the headwater of Tinker’s Creek, which is the largest tributary to the Cuyahoga called Herrick Fen. "It has such biodiversity and is gorgeous."

The most recent/greatest accomplishment about the river: "My career has been spent in protection of the environment and most recently as a professor teaching this generation what it was like to grow up with such an environmental nightmare that they take for granted."

The new problem of the Cuyahoga River: She claimed the removal of the dam is the biggest problem now.