The annual Ohio River Sweep held Saturday attracted a record number of volunteers in the Tri-state
Jeanne Ison of the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission, says about 2000 volunteers showed up at locations in this area. Local directors in the Pennsylvania and Illinois zones told her they set records as well, and she suspects the news is similar in other areas along the Ohio.
Ison credits the big turnout to great weather and to the river being at a low level, which gives people access to areas that are under water many years. Volunteers working off Schmidt Field in the East End found a treasure trove of old tires in the brush along the river bank near the field.
In the Tri-State area, about 45 locations were advertised to volunteers, with about 20 in Kentucky, 15 in Ohio and 10 in Indiana. Ison says there were also locations that were tackled by particular groups. For instance, one area was cleaned up by volunteers from Procter and Gamble.
The Ohio River Sweep is conducted along the entire length of the river from Pittsburgh to the Mississippi River, and along tributaries to the river as well.