The annual cleanup, sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), is scheduled for Saturday, June 18.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is coordinating cleanups at 23 sites in 12 West Virginia counties, including Mason County. In addition to Mason County, the other counties are Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Jackson, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Tyler, Wayne, Wetzel and Wood. Volunteers will be provided with trash bags and gloves and will receive a free T-shirt. Volunteers are not required to register in advance.
The River Sweep is among the largest cleanup events of its kind in the United States. More than 20,000 volunteers from the six states bordering the river are expected to collect over 20,000 tons of trash and debris from the Ohio River and its tributaries. All trash is either recycled or disposed of in an environmentally acceptable manner.
For more information from ORSANCO contact 1-800-359-3977.