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 16, 2018, 9AM - 12:00PM

In Covington we'll be working at three different sites: 

  1. Roebling Bridge Site: the riverbank and greenspaces from the Licking River, under the Roebling Suspension Bridge to Madison Avenue Turnabout and West to Clay Wade Baily Bridge. (Meet at the north end of Greenup Street, under the Suspension Bridge).
  2. River Walk Trail at 14 Pete Rose Pier: the riverbank stretching from to Clay Wade Bailey Bridge to Madison Avenue Turnabout. (Meet on the North side of the flood wall).
  3. Licking River Greenway Trails at the Licking River Greenway:  trail head is at Clayton Meyer Park (meet at intersection of Thomas St & Glenway Ave).  

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