Ohio River Sweep Cleanup

The 29th annual Ohio River Sweep cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, June 16.

Each year thousands of volunteers from communities in six states unite for a giant cleanup effort to improve the condition of the water and its banks.

In Paducah, volunteers are asked to meet at the riverfront at 8 a.m. where they will receive a free t-shirt. Lunch will be provided in addition to Noble Park Pool passes. The event will wrap up around noon.

Other western Kentucky cleanup crews will gather at the Wickliffe riverfront at 7 a.m., and on the Smithland waterfront at 8 a.m.

In Massac County, crews will gather at 8 a.m. on the riverfronts in Joppa, Brookport, and at Fort Massac State Park. Other southern Illinois cleanup locations include Cairo, Olmsted, Golconda, Rosiclare, Cave In Rock State Park, Shawneetown and Elizabethtown. A complete list of times and locations is linked below.

Each year, the thousands of volunteers from public organizations, civic groups, churches and recreational clubs collect more than 22,000 tons of trash and other debris from the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, IL, including over 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.

The Ohio River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, an interstate water pollution agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with a large number of local environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Published 12:00 AM, Wednesday Jun. 13, 2018
Updated 12:35 PM, Wednesday Jun. 13, 2018

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