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Fifty years ago this week the heavily polluted Cuyahoga River caught fire, an incident that garnered national attention and prompted calls to clean up America's waterways. 

A commission that watches over the Ohio River's health across several states has voted to make some of its pollution standards for the river voluntary.  

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Efforts to clean the Cuyahoga River are being recognized, 50 years after fire on the river changed environmental laws.  

President Trump stood in front of an audience of operating engineers in Crosby, Texas, on Wednesday and promised to make it easier for them to lay pipe.

"Nobody in the world can do what you folks do," Trump said to applause from the assembled crowd. "And we're going to make it easier for you."

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A Stark County judge this week dismissed a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of the 4.2 billion dollar Rover natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. 

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Vast amounts of wetlands and thousands of miles of U.S. waterways would no longer be federally protected by the Clean Water Act under a new proposal by the Trump administration.

The proposal, announced Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, would change the EPA's definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, limiting the types of waterways that fall under federal protection to major waterways, their tributaries, adjacent wetlands and a few other categories.

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. EPA to get to work on stopping the growth of  future algae blooms in Lake Erie.  

The U.S. EPA has finalized it's rule defining which streams and wetlands should be protected under the Clean Water Act.