Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Hocking River as part of the 2019 Ohio River Sweep on June 15. The cleanup is hosted by the Athens Soil and Water Conservation District and its local partners.

As a major tributary of the Ohio River, any trash picked up along the Hocking means a cleaner Hocking, as well as the Ohio River. The Ohio River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and many of its tributaries, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cairo, Illinois. The Ohio River Sweep is a regional event which addresses a global problem: litter in our waterways. The Ohio River Sweep connects people to the Ohio River and encourages stewardship of this important resource.

The Ohio River Sweep on the Hocking is scheduled for Saturday, June 15. Volunteers are needed for this massive event. Pre-registration is not required but strongly encouraged for planning purposes. Pre-registration can be completed online at www.athensswcd.org. The first 100 volunteers will be guaranteed an event T-shirt. Volunteers can meet at the Athens Community Center solar panel parking lot on East State Street in Athens. Check-in and registration is 9-9:30 a.m., and trash clean-up will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A picnic lunch will follow for participants. Volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes. Trash bags and a limited number of gloves are provided.

The Ohio River Sweep is coordinated by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and state environmental agencies from Pennsylvania to Illinois.

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