River Sweep

Thank you 2018 volunteers! Now, preparing for the 2019 Ohio River Sweep. 

Since 1989, this award-winning 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, PA to its end in Cairo, IL, 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.

How to Volunteer

  1. Find a cleanup location that is convenient to you by following the Where to Volunteer link.
  2. Contact the coordinator of that site. Let him/her know that you plan to volunteer.
  3. Download and complete the Volunteer Waiver form. Bring the form to the cleanup.
  4. Volunteer!