RiverDay began in 1990 as a way to get people involved in hands-on activities that would bring people to appreciate the amazing recovery that has taken place on and around the Cuyahoga River. Over the past 25 years, thousands of people have canoed and kayaked the river, cleaned up tons of trash, pulled acres of invasive weeds, planted bioswales and trees, and learned from educational activities at festivals throughout the watershed.



Friends of the Crooked River - the first 26 years


Friends of the Crooked River was formed in 1990 in order to give the 100 mile length of the Cuyahoga River a voice.  The organization is, in one sense, the mouth of the Cuyahoga.


The group's purpose is to educate the residents of Northeast Ohio to the value of this important watershed.  Much of the region depends upon the Cuyahoga for its drinking water, wastewater disposal, agriculture, industry, shipping, recreation and wildlife habitat.  Its far reaching impact on our lives should temper our view of the Crooked River with care, concern, and deep respect for all the Crooked River gives to us.


Please visit their site  – – exploring the Cuyahoga River.  Best of all, spend some time exploring the River in person.


and since 2017...Cuyahoga River Restoration

Cuyahoga River Restoration, formerly known
as the RAP (Remedial Action Plan) and legally known as Cuyahoga River Community Planning, became the presenter of River Day in 2017, after supporting Friends with previous years' River Day events.


CRR is the nonprofit organization working to restore, revitalize and protect the Cuyahoga River watershed. As the support organization for the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern, we also support restoration of ten miles of tributaries along Lake Erie.


Our work includes watershed planning, habitat restoration projects, cleanups, and tree planting, as well as outreach and education.


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River Day is presented by Cuyahoga River Restoration, a 501c3 nonprofit organization (aka Cuyahoga River Community Planning,) whose mission is to restore, revitalize, and protect the Cuyahoga River Watershed and nearshore Lake Erie.


You can learn more about our programs at