Ohio River Sweep 2016 will take place June 18, volunteers needed

River trash 2By Martha Jacob –
The Red Oak Ranchers 4H group will be out in force Saturday, June 18, as the club participates in the 2016 Ohio River Sweep.
The shorelines along the great Ohio River will be cleaned up by participants who live near the river according to Heather Hauke, the Red Oak Rancher’s advisor.
“Our club has been taking part in this event every year for as long as I can remember,” Hauke said. “The kids walk along the shoreline picking up debris, paper, old bottles and cans, and anything else that doesn’t belong there.
“They do the same thing in Aberdeen and Higginsport. Boy scouts and girl scout troops and many other organizations will be taking part in these efforts. Everyone is invited out on Saturday to help with the cleanup.”
Hauke said the kids make huge piles of debris which is later picked up by Rumpke.
Volunteers are needed for the massive environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states, according to its sponsor the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission and several other environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois.
“Save the date,” said Lisa Cochran, program manager, “We need past volunteers and new volunteers for this year’s event.
People who want to volunteer for this event can visit the website www.OhioRiverSweep.org for more details.
For more information about the 2016 Ohio River Sweep please contact Cochran at 1-800-359-3977.