Museum needs Ohio River Sweep volunteers

Staff Report

POINT PLEASANT — Volunteers are needed for the annual Ohio River Sweep in Point Pleasant on June 18.

Staff at the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center are recruiting those volunteers for a few hours of their time June 18 to clean along the riverbanks. Specifically, the volunteers will clean litter along the West Virginia shoreline from the mouth of the Kanawha River, northward for about three hours, beginning at 8:30 a.m. that day. Amherst Madison and American Electric Power will provide boats and a barge to pick up the trash bags along the riverbank.

Volunteers will be given Ohio River Sweep T-shirts and gloves will be furnished to those working. Lunch will be provided. All volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes.

According to a statement from river museum staff: “This is a very good time for young people who need community service hours for their school to get their service time in. Adults as well as youth are needed to help. Anyone can help and is needed.”

Contact the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center at 304-674-0144 to volunteer. If unable to sign up in advance, meet at the Point Pleasant River Front Park at 8 a.m., June 18 to register, sign the waiver of liability and receive a work area assignment.

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 environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to remove tons of trash and debris. River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, Pa. to its end in Cairo, Ill., including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.

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