River Sweep

Ashland Cub Scout Pack 1100 spent its Saturday searching for trash at the Ashland Riverfront during the annual river sweep. Photo by Andrew Adkins | The Daily Independent

ASHLAND Volunteers are needed for the annual Ohio River Sweep on June 15.

The riverbank cleanup extends the entire length of the Ohio River and its tributaries; starting from its origin in Pittsburgh to its end in Cairo, Ill., including over 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries. 

Boyd and Greenup County cleanup sites include the Ashland River Port, Catlettsburg City Park, the Russell Riverbank along Riverside Drive and Greenup City Park. Cleanup at each site will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers do not have to stay for the entire duration.

Each year, thousands of volunteers from public organizations, civic groups, recreational clubs, and the general public come together to collect more than 22,000 tons of trash and other debris during the River Sweep.

“I hope all the volunteers realize the positive impact that they make in the Ohio River watershed by simply participating in the Ohio River Sweep,” said FIVCO Economic Development Director and local site coordinator Kelly Ward.

Last year Ward said the event had a substantial turnout.

“We had around 175 volunteers and I am hoping for another big turnout at all of our site locations again this year.,” he said. “Everyone is encouraged to attend—there is no age limit for the volunteers, however younger children will need to be accompanied by an adult.”

Volunteers are encouraged to wear old, comfortable clothes and shoes or boots. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.

For more information on the River Sweep contact Ward at (606) 929-1366.