Volunteers needed for Ohio River Sweep

River Sweep 2015 is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, along the shoreline of the Ohio River and many of its tributaries. Volunteers are needed for this massive event.

River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states.

“The spring flooding likely moved a lot of trash and we anticipate finding more litter than normal along the shorelines,” said Lisa Cochran, Project Manager. “We need your help.”

Persons who want to volunteer for this event can visit the website www.OhioRiverSweep.org to find a location near them. Trash bags are provided and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt. Locally, volunteers can meet at the following locations in Adams and Brown Counties: Aberdeen, Brush Creek Campground, Higginsport, Manchester, Rome, Ripley, and Wrightsville. Volunteers may also call 1-800-359-3977 or 937-378-3431 for more information.

The River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission and other state and environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois. ORSANCO is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River.