River sweep Saturday
Volunteers work to clean up the Ohio’s banks
PARKERSBURG –The annual Ohio River Sweep will be held Saturday in Parkersburg and other communities along the river’s length.
Locally, volunteers will assemble around 9 a.m. Saturday at Point Park where organizers will dispatch them to different locations to remove trash from the riverbank.
The annual cleanup effort is organized by the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission, the six-state anti-pollution agency representing West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. In 2018, 6,000 volunteers from all six states participated.
Volunteers for Saturday’s sweep will receive a T-shirt, gloves, bags, pick-up sticks and other equipment. Workers should wear the appropriate clothing and a pair of closed-toe shoes.
Crews from Chemours and DuPont, which participate each year in the sweep, will start in the areas around the plant, then go to Blennerhassett Island.
Heavy items will be identified and logged for later removal by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Volunteers will return to Point Park at 11:30 a.m. for a free lunch.
In Washington County, volunteers can gather at 9 a.m. Saturday on the west side of Devol’s Dam on the Muskingum River in Devola.
More information is available at ohioriversweep.org.