Ohio River Sweep

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 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. It encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, IL, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.

This year, Covington volunteers carried away spare tires, half a pallet, a cloth folding chair, a shopping cart, about 90 bags of garbage and debris and 15 large bags full of plastic bottles to be recycled off the riverbank.


JUNE 15, 2019, 9AM - 12:00PM

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Volunteers can meet at 1 Madison Avenue Covington, KY 41011 (where Madison Avenue dead ends at the Ohio River). Parking is available under the Roebling Bridge!

Tips for Volunteers

  1. Dress appropriately: recent rainfall means mud

  2. Good sturdy shoes: the terrain is uneven

  3. A light breakfast, lunch, and a pair of gloves will be provided