NEW RICHMOND, OH (FOX19) - Thousands of volunteers came together on Saturday with one mission in mind --- to remove thousands of pounds of debris and trash out of the Ohio River.
This all took place during the event known as the "Ohio River Clean Sweep."
Volunteers expect to collect 500 tons of trash, which equals out to about 100,000 pounds. The clean up effort takes place over 3,000 miles of shoreline and stretches through six states.
Volunteers expect to fill about 20,000 trash bags on Saturday alone. They told FOX19 NOW that they remove trash items as big as as refrigerators, as small as buttons and everything in between.
Overall, the cleanup will take place on 149 sites and 86 counties hosted one or more cleanup site.
Volunteers like Becky Ploucha sated this cleanup effort is necessary in order for communities like New Richmond to thrive and survive.
She says that small riverfront communities were founded because of the connector that the river allows between various remote areas along the Ohio River.