The annual Ohio River Sweep has been scheduled for Saturday, June 15, along the shorelines of the Ohio River and many of its tributaries.

The Ohio River Sweep is a volunteer, riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River. Volunteers from the six states, which border the Ohio River, will remove litter at over 125 locations.

"The volunteers for the Ohio River Sweep have made tremendous progress cleaning the Ohio River. Yet, litter continues to be a global problem. Volunteers can make a positive impact in our watershed by volunteering for the Ohio River Sweep," said Lisa Cochran, program manager.

Volunteers are needed for this massive event. People who want to volunteer can visit the website OhioRiverSweep.org for more details.

In the Southern Scene area, the Ohio River Sweep will be held in Hardin County at Cave-in-Rock State Park, workshop area; Elizabethtown riverfront, gazebo/shelter; and the Rosiclare City Park.

In Pope County, the sweep will be held around the Golconda riverfront area.

In Massac County, the river sweep will be held at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, the Brookport riverfront and the Joppa riverfront. Anyone with questions about volunteering in Metropolis may contact Fort Massac State Park at 618-524-4712

The Ohio River Sweep is managed by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and other environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois. Funding for the Ohio River Sweep relies solely on sponsorship from industries or grants from organizations throughout the Ohio River Valley.

For further information about the Ohio River Sweep, contact Lisa Cochran at 800-359-3977 or visit OhioRiverSweep.org.

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