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Volunteers still sought for cleanup

The Ohio River Sweep is an annual cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries. The event encompasses more than 3,000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Cairo, Ill.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Ohio River Sweep. Over the past 23 years, improvements made in water quality have resulted in increased recreational use of the Ohio River.

More use of the river produces more litter on the riverbanks. Because of this, a yearly cleanup is necessary.

In addition to keeping the riverbanks clean, it is hoped that an increased public exposure to the river will foster greater environmental concerns for its future.

On Saturday the Lawrence-Scioto County SWMD will sponsor four cleanup locations in Lawrence County and three cleanup locations in Scioto County. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt, bags and gloves will be provided.

All workers will be required to sign a waiver before litter pick up begins. If you wish to volunteer you may call (740) 532-1231 to find a convenient location.