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, PA to its end in Cairo, IL, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.
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 - meet at the north end of Greenup Street, under the Suspension Bridge
2. Waterfront Restaurant Site: meet at 14 Pete Rose Pier (the riverbank stretching from Madison Avenue Turnabout to Clay Wade Bailey Bridge)
3. Licking River Greenway Trails - meet at the LRG trail head at Clayton Meyer Park (intersection of Thomas St & Glenway Ave).
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
Tips for Volunteers
Dress appropriately: recent rainfall means mud
Good sturdy shoes: the terrain is uneven
A light breakfast, lunch, and a pair of gloves will be provided