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Early life and education
An electrical engineer by training, Hauser was laid off by LTV Steel on December 10, 2001 along with all his co-workers. As an LTV employee, he routinely published articles to educate the public about the Whiskey Island. Thousands of dollars of his money was spent to save Whiskey Island. His appreciation for Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River led him to fight for the protection of Whiskey Island, the scenic spit of shoreline where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie.
Hauser championed the preservation of natural landmarks and public access to these resources. As the head of Friends of Whiskey Island, Hauser fought to protect the last piece of natural shoreline in Cleveland. Hauser collected signatures for petitions, represented the public interest at hundreds of commission meetings and other events. He spent his personal funds, including from his retirement plan, as part of a campaign from 1998 to 2005 to preserve 20 acres (81,000 m2) of Whiskey Island as a park while blocking the expansion plans of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.
In addition to protecting Whiskey Island, Hauser also served as a citizen watchdog on Port Authority activities, championed a steel museum in Steelyard Commons, was vocal about Cleveland's lakefront plans and petitioned the lack of public referendum for the Cuyahoga County Medical Mart tax.
Death and afterward
Ed Hauser died on November 14, 2008 from heart failure.
- Ed Hauser, 47, environmental activist who fought to preserve Whiskey Island - Cleveland Plain Dealer, Nov 16th, 2008
- Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
- Friends of Whiskey Island
- Rest in Peace Citizen Hauser - Compilation of tributes from his friends and colleagues at REALNEO
- Ed’s blog on REALNEO
- Ed Hauser interview with Meet The Bloggers 08/28/06
- Citizen Hauser - Short excerpt from the documentary film 'Citizen Hauser' - by Blue Hole Productions (2006)
- Citizen Hauser film on WorldCat
- Ed "citizen" Hauser, rest in peace - A tribute to Ed on GreenCityBlueLake
- Bringing the pain - Cleveland Magazine article about Ed, May 2008
- A Conversation with "Citizen" Ed Hauser - Interview on CoolCleveland
- "Citizen" Ed Hauser Replies - Ed's follow-up editorial to his CoolCleveland interview
- Whiskey Island's Future[permanent dead link] - Cleveland Free Times article, June 11, 2003