Ohio River Sweep this Saturday

Staff Report

POINT PLEASANT — River Sweep, which had to be rescheduled due to the rains and flooding in June, will now be 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday.

The Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center is looking for people who will spend a few hours in the morning helping clean along the river in Point Pleasant during the annual River Sweep.

T-shirts and gloves will be furnished to those working and lunch will be provided.

According to 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.”

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

More than 17,000 volunteers from public organizations, civic groups, recreational clubs, and the general public in six states bordering the river come together to collect more than 500 tons of trash and other debris from the banks of the Ohio River and tributaries.

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.

Contact the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center at 304-674-0144 to put your name on the list of volunteers. If you are unable to sign up in advance, show up anyway on Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park.

(Editor’s Note: Information for this article provided by ORSANCO and the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.)

Staff Report