Volunteers gathering Saturday to clean up river banks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Volunteers are stepping up this weekend with trash bags and gloves to help clean up the banks of the Ohio and Kentucky rivers.

The efforts are part of the Ohio River Sweep, which takes place in six states along 3,000 miles of shoreline of the Ohio River and its tributaries. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission says last year, 17,000 volunteers participated.

In Kentucky, 18 counties have dozens of locations with coordinators organizing the Ohio River cleanup. Volunteers will also tackle the 12-mile section of the Kentucky River that touches Fayette County for the Kentucky River Clean Sweep.

The events are both on Saturday. Start times vary by location.

For more information, visit http://www.orsanco.org/images/stories/files/riverSweep/tables/KY2015locations5.pdf for the Ohio River Sweep and http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=809 for the Kentucky River Clean Sweep.

 

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