June 14, 2011 |

Volunteers needed for annual River Sweep

Volunteers are needed for the 21

st Annual River Sweep on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at South Side Riverfront Park and Nine Mile Run.

"This event teaches river awareness and respect for our natural resource," said Betsy Mallison, Pennsylvania River Sweep coordinator. "We want families to come out and participate in this cleanup event which falls on the Saturday of Father's Day weekend. Get involved and help Dad take out the trash as we clean up our area waterways."

The River Sweep, an annual six-state effort to clean up litter and debris in the Ohio River watershed, is the largest organized volunteer river cleanup effort in the country. The event winds through Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Illinois, covering more than 2,400 miles of shoreline.

Last year, more than 600 volunteers collected 45 tons of the trash and debris along the Ohio, Allegheny, Beaver, Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers and their tributaries at 23 cleanup sites. Volunteers who participate receive trash bags and a souvenir T-shirt.

Directions to the two area clean ups are:

To South Side Riverfront Park: Follow East Carson Street to South Side. Turn onto18th Street toward the Allegheny River. The park is at the end of 18

th Street.

To Nine Mile Run: From Pittsburgh, take Parkway East, get off at Squirrel Hill/Homestead Exit. Follow signs to Homestead/Homestead Bridge. Turn left at the light onto Old Browns Hill Road. The access area is at end of road. Or, from West Mifflin, take Homestead Bridge. At first light past bridge, turn right onto Old Browns Hill Road.

Residents can find out more about other area River Sweep cleanup locations, by checking the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission website at

http://www.orsanco.org/river-sweep

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