7) Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Akron Waterways Renewed! Blue Heron Homecoming

Blog Date: 
Tue May 15th 2018

"Eight Days a Week" of Fun

"Eight Days a Week" of Fun
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A flurry of activity! In late April and early May of 2018, I had eight busy days of activities! I originally created this as one single blog post listing all nine events, but later decided to publish nine posts to make it easier to find for my website visitors to read.

I still think of it as one post that I hope will not only give you insight into my eight-day week, but more importantly, encourage you to support these organizations with your presence at future events.

7) Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Akron Waterways Renewed! Blue Heron Homecoming

Akron Waterways Renewed! Blue Heron Homecoming
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Blue Heron Homecoming

Check out our 2017 photos HERE

Check out our 2016 photos HERE

The Blue Heron Homecoming is an annual environmental festival that allows community members a chance to learn about the Akron Waterways Renewed! program. The festival features representatives from the City of Akron, firms involved with the AWR! program, and partners such as local non-profits and environmental groups.

For year four, we will be moving back to the City's Water Reclamation Facility! More information on the WRF is available here.

The festival is named for the great blue herons that nest nearby. This four-foot-tall bird is native to the area, but its population was declining due to the poor water quality of the Cuyahoga River. Since efforts were made to improve water quality, the great blue heron has seen a resurgence in the area, and is commonly seen along the Towpath Trail, Ohio & Erie Canal, Cuyahoga River and Little Cuyahoga River. This resurgence is a testament to the work that's been done so far, and serves as a reminder of the positive impact that the AWR! program is having on the local environment. You can learn more about the great blue heron at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park website here.

The Blue Heron Homecoming will take place on May 5, 2018 this year!

7) Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Akron Waterways Renewed! Blue Heron Homecoming
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After visiting Wally Waterdrop (@WallyWaterdrop) on September 27, 2014, to tour the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (@NEORSD), I thought it would be interesting to attend the Akron Waterways Renewed! (@AkronWaterways) Blue Heron Homecoming when I learned that it was taking place at the Akron Water Reclamation Facility.

Learn more in my 2014 blog post and the tweets from the 2018 Akron Waterways Renewed! Blue Heron Homecoming: