Cleaning up the river bank
Cleaning up the river bank.
Around a dozen volunteers turned out before 9 a.m. on Saturday morning at Ohio River Sweep sites in Pomeroy and Racine, with additional volunteers taking part in the cleanup at Forked Run State Park on Friday evening.
Since 1989, the cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to remove tons of trash and debris.
River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to its end in Cairo, Illinois, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.
The Ohio River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, an interstate water pollution agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
In Meigs County, the Pomeroy and Racine sites are organized by the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District.
Keep Covington Beautiful looking for volunteers to help clean up the riverbanks as part of River Sweep
Keep Covington Beautiful looking for volunteers to help clean up the riverbanks as part of River Sweep.
Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to collect tons of trash and debris.
River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, IL, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.
In Covington work will take place at three different sites: 1.
Roebling Bridge Site: the riverbank and greenspaces from the Licking River, under the Roebling Suspension Bridge to Madison Avenue Turnabout – meet at the north end of Greenup Street, under the Suspension Bridge 2.
Waterfront Restaurant Site: meet at 14 Pete Rose Pier (the riverbank stretching from Madison Avenue Turnabout to Clay Wade Bailey Bridge) 3.
Licking River Greenway Trails – meet at the LRG trail head at Clayton Meyer Park (intersection of Thomas St & Glenway Ave).
All volunteers will receive a light breakfast, lunch, and gloves.
Register to work at any of the three sites here.
Please dress appropriately.
Earth Day Volunteers Needed in Somerville for Peters Brook Project April 22
Earth Day Volunteers Needed in Somerville for Peters Brook Project April 22.
SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Borough will commemorate Earth Day April 22 with a stream bank clean-up and native species planting along the banks of the Peters Brook between East High Street and East Cliff Street.
Work begins at 10 a.m. and will end at noon.
Volunteers are advised to wear work clothes and bring gloves, boots and all-weather outwear.
The local event is a joint project of the Somerville Environmental Commission, the Boy Scouts of America and the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.
The Peters Brook runs through the center of the borough providing a natural green seam that connects Somerville’s neighborhoods.
The confluence of the Peters Brook with the Raritan River is about three miles upstream of the New Jersey American Water Company intake that provides treatment and distribution of more than 124 million gallons of water daily to New Jersey residents.
The source water for water purveyors including NJ American Water is susceptible to impairment from bacteria such as fecal coliform and E. coli and other pathogens, pH fluctuations, excessive nutrients that cause algae blooms and high amounts of sediment.
Sediment bars and erosion are evident along much of the Peters Brook.
Volunteers will clean debris from the waterway and the banks alongside the brook, and will do some plantings to help strengthen the banks and prevent erosion.