River Sweep 2014 looks for volunteers

PARKERSBURG – The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission needs volunteers for the River Sweep 2014 scheduled for June 21 on the shores of the Ohio River and its tributaries.

“We need your help,” said Lisa Cochran, project manager.

River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup project on the entire length of the Ohio River. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris, the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the River Sweep.

“We continue to find trash along the Ohio River and its tributaries as more people use the river for recreation,” Cochran said.

Residents who want to volunteer for this event can go to OhioRiverSweep.org to find a nearby location. Trash bags are provided and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt.

Volunteers also can call 1-800-359-3977 for more information.

The River Sweep is sponsored by the commission and other state and environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois. The commission is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.