Aimed at ridding the river banks of debris and litter, the annual River Sweep was held June 17.
According to Scioto County litter control officer, Jeff Crippen, the day went over smoothly.
Students from Shawnee State University’s Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) did their own cleanup on Friday. With approximately 105 volunteers, Crippen said the students offered a great headstart to the cleaning.
“The kids did a phenomenal job, some of them sunk in the mud all the way up to their pants legs. It was enjoyable seeing them work hard to help,” said Crippen.
Crippen said that the students cleared out all kinds of litter, from small items like wrappers and cans to a busted recliner and shopping carts.
On Saturday, around 65 volunteers came together at Court Street landing to hit the banks and clean. At Earl Thomas Conley Park, five Boy Scouts and their supervisors helped in the efforts.
In total, around 2,500 pounds of debris were removed.
“We’re really grateful for our volunteers and those who sponsored the event,” said Crippen. “We’d like to thank Coca-Cola for donating drinks and Gary and Nate at Blackburn’s Grocery for donating all the ice to keep things cold. I’d also like to thank Tim Knittel, Annetta Newman and my sister Sally Piatt.”
Crippen said if someone wants to gather volunteers, they can contact the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District. The district can provide volunteers with gloves, bags and grabbers. Volunteers can bag the debris, call the office and let them know where they will be left and they can be picked up and properly disposed of.
For more information, please contact the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District at 740-532-1231.
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