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Metro Newsroom

River Sweep to Clean Banks of the Ohio

Tuesday June 7, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson today called on residents to volunteer to help clean debris from the community’s riverbanks during the Ohio River Sweep. The 16th annual event takes place on Saturday, June 18, and is sponsored in part by the Metropolitan Sewer District and Metro Government.
“The Ohio River is the gateway to Louisville and the focal point for so much of our hometown’s recreational opportunities,” Abramson said. “That’s why we’ve partnered with the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to make sure the river and our riverbanks sparkle.”

Volunteers may contact MSD to register in advance or can show up at one of the following locations on the morning on the event.

• RiverWalk (10th & Main)
• Shawnee Park (Broadway at the river)
• Riverview Park (Greenwood Road & Cane Run Road)
• Cox Park (River Road)
• Eva Bandman Park (River Road)
• Juniper Beach (Harrods Creek Fire Station at Lime Kiln Lane & River Road)
• Hays Kennedy Park (Pick up supplies at Juniper Beach location)

The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and volunteers will be provided with work gloves, a t-shirt and garbage bags. Last year more than 1,000 workers covering 29 miles of riverbank collected almost 80 tons of trash.

“Unfortunately the Ohio River has become a dumping ground for lots of folks. Last year our volunteers recovered junk cars, tires, appliances and mattresses from along the river,” said Bud Schardein, director of MSD.

Louisville residents participating in the effort will joins forces with thousands of volunteers from other states that share the Ohio River shore including: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Volunteers will clean 2,300 miles of riverbank from the river’s starting point in Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois, where the Ohio joins the Mississippi River. In 2004, volunteers in the six-state area collected more than 16,000 tons of trash and debris.

For more information about volunteering, please call Becky Bennett with MSD at 540-6552. For information about Southern Indiana collection sites, call ORSANCO at 1-800-359-3977.