River Sweep: Sponsors, volunteers deserve our thanks

Every year the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission organizes a cleanup of the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries that brings thousands of people from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill., out for a day of service.

And since 2001, DuPont — and now, Chemours — has provided a large portion of the financial support that purchases supplies such as gloves, trash bags and T-shirts, and promotional material that help make the event a success.

This year’s event will be held June 17, and volunteers are still needed. There will be several cleanup locations in the Parkersburg area, where workers will be needed to pick up trash — and sometimes larger debris. Last year, the event collected a total of 500 tons of trash along the length of the river. Volunteers and organizations interested in helping should go to OhioRiverSweep.org for more information, and to see the volunteer waiver.

DuPont and Chemours presented $5,000 to the program this year.

“We are thrilled that DuPont and Chemours support this community event, which brings people to the Ohio River to help this important resource,” said ORSANCO’s river sweep program manager, Lisa Cochran.

Those of us who live along — and benefit greatly from — a healthy, relatively clean Ohio River should be grateful to both the corporate sponsors and volunteers who make events like the River Sweep a success.