River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) with funding though the Foundation for Ohio River Education (FORE) and is an annual riverbank cleanup for the Ohio River and it’s tributaries. Throughout the years this nationally recognized event has grown into one of the largest cleanup efforts of it’s kind. It encompasses more than 3,000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh, PA to Cairo, IL.
Increased water quality of the Ohio River and its tributaries has increased recreational use, in turn increasing the amount of litter along the riverbanks making yearly cleanup vital. River Sweep also increases public awareness of water quality and promotes stewardship of the Ohio River and it’s tributaries. Last year over 20,000 people volunteered to collect trash and debris from the riverbanks.
This year extensive spring flooding has an ever bigger mess along the banks of the Ohio but even today’s rain didn’t keep volunteers from putting on their gloves, grabbing a trash bag, and hitting the bank of the mighty river. Free tee-shirt are also given to volunteers who come environmental organizations, civic groups, recreational clubs, scout troops, local businesses, FaceBook invites, and families wanting to play an active roll in improving the environment.