Happy to oblige: In 1965, a local car dealership owner decided to do something about it, and kicked off the "Save Lake Erie" campaign, garnering over a million signatures for petitions. The movement was entirely Cleveland based - almost all the signatures collected from people from Sandusky to Painesville and south towards Akron, and largely focused on cleaning the Cuyahoga. Around this time major municipal figures started making a stink about it, like when the Cleveland city fire chief publicly declared the river a "fire hazard" and it became a talking point for then candidate for mayor Carl Stokes.
In 1968, a municipal bond item to clean up the river was put up for a referendum and passed. The bond item was for $100 million dollars, the