Ohio River Sweep set for Saturday

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From Pennsylvania to Illinois, volunteers Saturday will be busy cleaning up debris that has washed ashore during the winter.

The Ohio River Sweep covers the entire length of the river and beyond, with a total of 125 cleanup locations.

That includes Point Park in Parkersburg.

The event's organizer says the wet weather of this past winter and spring means volunteers will have a lot to clean up.

"Because the trash tends to travel," said Lisa Cochran, Project Manager and Communications Coordinator for the Ohio River Sweep. "A pop bottle that gets dropped in a parking lot eventually makes its way to a storm drain, then a creek, and then the Ohio River. So we think there's probably a lot of trash that's been moved around by the wet weather."

The Wood County Solid Waste Authority partners with the Ohio River Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and provides materials for the event.

It takes place this Saturday from approximately 8 A.M.-1 P.M.

Volunteers are needed, and, for details on how to sign up, go to the Hot Button on our home page.