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Reclaiming the River

Advocacy group aims to jumpstart cleanup after decades of damage

April 28, 2013

Patricia Natali peers across the Mahoning River as it rolls by the B&O Station in Youngstown....

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Purecountry495

Apr-28-13 7:48 AM

I think that there are two many studies being made, to a simple solution. Millions of tax payers money is wasted everyday, just doing studies. If this country was filthy rich like it once was, but its not so why have continuous studies all the time. I'm not saying cleaning up the Mahoning River is a waste of time and money. It's all the agency's that are involved that has to approve the project, that's the problem. The process needs to be streamlined to speed up the approval process, and not waste taxpayers money doing all these studies. All these firms getting rich doing studies, and still nothing gets done. The process is set-up so the lawyers, firms doing study's and the court get rich, arguing over doing what is right for the community's involved.

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insider

Apr-28-13 7:59 AM

If the river water is so deadly, then the geese, ducks, swans, otters, herons, turtles, frogs, fishermen, boaters, canoeists, kayakers, and jet skiers, that I repeatedly see in the Mahoning, must be figments of my imagination.

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insider

Apr-28-13 8:22 AM

Heads up to the Friends of the Mahoning River: Why don't you do what most other well meaning groups do and do some VOLUNTARY fundraising to achieve your goals instead of leaching off the taxpayers. Do like other charities. Organize some pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, rummage sales, or door to door collections. If your cause is so popular and truly beneficial to the valley, you should have no trouble getting the $150 million. This is America. If you want something done, you're free to do it yourself.

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insider

Apr-28-13 10:25 AM

Federal cost of Obamaphones: $2.2 billion

Cost to clean up Mahoning river: $150 million

Which program buys more votes?

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DefeatSBB5

Apr-28-13 11:43 AM

"Congressional regulations say the polluter must pay, but most of the companies along the river are now defunct."

That's the real story -- where did the money go? It had to go somewhere. What happened to it?

Who are the beneficiaries and commercial descendants of the companies that left this mess?

These are serious questions that bear investigation. It maybe simply a matter of researching the public records trail.

Follow the money, as the saying goes.

The opportunity is there for the taking, Ashley -- a Pulitzer just waiting to be plucked.

"The secret of great wealth with no obvious source is some forgotten crime, forgotten because it was done neatly." Honore Balzac

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NewOrleansman

Apr-28-13 11:55 AM

Isider would you eat the ducks or fish from the river, would you ?I bet you would

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NewOrleansman

Apr-28-13 12:08 PM

Insider why do you hate the President of the usa

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drumitup

Apr-28-13 12:52 PM

Insider, that's a lot of pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, rummage sales, or door to door collections. 150 million dollars worth. There is a lot of leaching on the taxpayers money, for sure, but this river clean up is not one of them.

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jsabalo

Apr-28-13 2:48 PM

The river will clean itself once all the do gooders are successful at running every last business out of this country. The water will be crystal clear and noone will be here to drink it.

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paulydel

Apr-28-13 2:57 PM

NewOrleansman we have no real president right now. How do you stand with a guy that lies continues to lie and wants to tax the*****out of us?

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NewOrleansman

Apr-28-13 4:14 PM

This is the USA and yes we do have a real president. Maybe the road here in Ohio would not be so bad if you paid more taxes.Sounds like someone wants something for free.

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NewOrleansman

Apr-28-13 4:15 PM

Roads

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NewOrleansman

Apr-28-13 4:24 PM

The Obama phone that happen under G. W. Bush. lol.Just google it why are people so dumb here ?

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thediffrence

Apr-28-13 8:08 PM

Would love to see it cleaned up but not keeping my hopes up. It is a breath taking river but not for the right reasons! Wear a mask if you get my meaning of breath taking. Profit before clean water! That's the American way!!! Cough Cough.

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GinoDe

Apr-28-13 8:35 PM

NewOrleansman, why are you so dumb. The program actually started under the Reagan administration. Google it. It was originally designed to give low income people a break on telephone fees. GW Bush included cell phones. Since your man Obama has been in office the program has nearly tripled in cost. From $800 million to $2.2 billion. Tripled in size in only 3 short years.

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GinoDe

Apr-28-13 8:35 PM

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Nothirdterm

Apr-28-13 8:54 PM

The river has repaired itself for the most part. It is mainly the dams and the sediment behind them that pose a problem. If you were to fish the Mahoning you would find a very diverse amount of fish. Healthy fish with one head and two eyes. The danger is in stirring up the sediment. Take a trip down to the river and see what you've been missing. As someone else pointed out many people currently use it for canoeing and kayaking, as well as fishing. I would be willing to bet that you would be safe eating fish other than bottom feeders such as carp and catfish. Once the dams are removed and the sediment treated, the development along the river will come. The river was what drew many business owners here when these cities and towns were first formed. When she is repaired she will bring jobs once again.

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NewOrleansman

Apr-29-13 8:14 AM

Gino it was G W Bush Just google it.sound like you don't like the truth.LOL sure we all had cell phones in the 80's lol

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DefeatSBB5

Apr-29-13 8:22 AM

OK, Ashley; now, follow the money. It had to go somewhere. Someone is responsible.

"The secret of great wealth with no obvious source is some forgotten crime, forgotten because it was done neatly." (Honore de Balzac, Le Pere Goriot)

I'm telling ya it's got "Pulitzer" written all over it.

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GinoDe

May-01-13 1:51 AM

Neworleansman. Why are such a moron. G.W Bush was president from 2001 to 2009. I guess you didnt take the time to look at the reference I posted. Ignorance really is bliss for some!

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