River Sweep



Ohio River Sweep

The Ohio River Sweep is the annual, volunteer cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River. Volunteers from the six states, which border the Ohio River, remove litter at multiple locations along the Ohio River and many of its tributaries.

Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River has been organized by ORSANCO, FORE, and the environmental protection agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The volunteers for the Ohio River Sweep have made tremendous progress cleaning the Ohio River. Yet, litter continues to be a global problem. Volunteers make a positive impact in the entire Ohio River Basin by participating in the Ohio River Sweep.

2022 Ohio River Sweep Season

Although it used to be a one day event, Ohio River Sweep has now changed to a full season. Our goal is to support clean up events from March through October to remove the greatest amount of litter possible, thus having a larger collective impact than a one day event could previously offer. Participants choose the date and location of their cleanup and the Ohio River Sweep provides support and supplies to hold the event. If you are interested in organizing a River Sweep cleanup, view How to Volunteer.

Join the Cause

Your donation will make a big impact in keeping the Ohio River clean and safe. While our award-winning program continues to experience success, we need your support in expanding our efforts and reach throughout the Ohio River watershed! Your contribution will provide volunteer supplies and promotional materials that make this event successful. All levels of donations will include immediate recognition on our Ohio River Sweep sponsor page. A donation of $1,000-$5,000 will receive immediate recognition on the event website and a logo on the 2023 t-shirts. A donation of $5,000 or more is provided with additional event planning support if needed, as well as, displaying company logos on our event website, t-shirts for 2023, and all printed and digital promotional materials. We appreciate your support and commitment to environmental stewardship, we look forward to partnering with you in keeping our Ohio River safe and clean!

The Ohio River Sweep serves as a collaboration between the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and the Foundation for Ohio River Education (FORE). FORE is the 501c3 non-profit supporting organization of ORSANCO that provides environmental education and stewardship programs in the Ohio River Basin. FORE raises and manages funding for the Ohio River Sweep. Residual funds from Ohio River Sweep may be used to support additional environmental stewardship programs.

Find a Sweep Near You

Want to participate in a Sweep, but don’t have a group to plan one with? Check out our map below that will regularly be updated to reflect current Sweeps.
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