Help Keep The Ohio River Clean At River Sweep
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – An annual effort to pick up trash and debris from the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries will happen this weekend.
Each June for the past 24 years, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has organized the River Sweep. On Saturday, June 21, thousands of volunteers in communities along the river participate in the cleanup effort stretching 3,000 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cairo, Illinois.
ORSANCO says the cleanup nets more than 7,000 tons of trash each year. The items found range from non-biodegradable plastic bags to old rubber tires to refrigerators.
It’s free to help and volunteers will receive a free River Sweep t-shirt. Those giving their time are asked to wear old, comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes or boots they do not mind getting dirty. Trash bags and a limited number of gloved will be provided at each gathering site, but volunteers should bring their own gloves if possible.
More information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on ORSANCO’s website, www.orsanco.org/river-sweep.
There are a number of local meeting places for individuals looking to join a River Sweep group. We’ve listed them below.
Dearborn County, Indiana
Aurora – Dearborn Trails parking lot at Manchester Street behind CVS; 8:00-10:30 a.m.; Coordinator phone number, (812) 926-2406 ext. 3.
Franklin County, Indiana
Brookville – 2:00-4:00 p.m.; Coordinator phone number, (812) 689-4107.
Ohio County, Indiana
Rising Sun – Shelter ramp next to the riverfront; 9:00-11:30 a.m.; Coordinator phone number (812) 438-2750 or (513) 703-9129.
Switzerland County, Indiana
Vevay – Paul Ogle Park; 8:00-11:00 a.m.; Coordinator phone number (812) 427-3443.
Markland – Markland Dam Park; 8:00-11:00 a.m.; Coordinator phone number (812) 427-3443.
Florence – Bryants Creek; 8:00-11:00 a.m.; Coordinator phone number (812) 427-3443.
Patriot – Patriot Boat Ramp; 8:00-11:00 a.m.; Coordinator phone number (812) 427-3443.
Fairview – Indian Creek Watershed on Fairview Road; Coordinator phone number (812) 689-4107.
Hamilton County, Ohio
Schmidt Field ORSANCO site; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Coordinator phone number (513) 231-7719.
Four Seasons Marina; 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Coordinator phone number (513) 623-4848.
Fernbank Park on River Road US 50; 9:00 a.m.; Coordinator phone number (513) 245-7446.
Woodland Mound at Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp; 9:00 a.m.; Coordinator phone number (513) 245-7446.
Boone County, Kentucky (all times and coordinator phone numbers the same)
Petersburg – Petersburg Boat Dock; 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Coordinator phone number (859) 334-3629.
Rabbit Hash – Rabbit Hash General Store.
Union Big Bone Boat Dock.
Petersburg – Split Rock Conservation Park.
Belleview – Belleview McVille on 2nd Street.
Hebron – Giles Conrad Park.
Gallatin County, Kentucky
Warsaw – Warsaw Riverfront Park; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Coordinator phone number (859) 393-4972.