OHIO RIVER SWEEP
SINCE 1989, THIS AWARD WINNING CLEANUP FOR THE OHIO RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES BRINGS HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS TO THE RIVERBANKS TO COLLECT TONS OF TRASH AND DEBRIS!
Occurring annually in June, River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), 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.
River Sweep 2022 is complete!
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2022 event a success! Check back soon for 2023 event information.
Typical event information:
Meet at River Walk Trail at 14 Pete Rose Pier. It's easiest to find by following Bakewell Street north to the flood wall. There is plenty of parking available and volunteers will meet up on the north side of the flood wall.
Volunteers will assemble at the riverfront for registration and a light breakfast. We will work together to clean the river bank from Madison Avenue to Highway Avenue and wrap up in time for lunch on site.
Tips for Volunteers:
1. Dress appropriately: conditions are often muddy.
2. Wear good, sturdy shoes: the terrain is uneven.
3. A light breakfast and lunch, gloves, grabbers, and trash bags will be provided.