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Volunteers needed to ‘sweep’ Kentucky River this weekend

Part of a multi-state river cleanup

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 18, 2014) —Volunteers are invited to spend a day on the Kentucky River to help start the summer with a clean environment. The 25th annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep, this Saturday, needs volunteers who can collect trash and debris along the 12 miles of river in Fayette County.

This event is part of the Ohio River Sweep, a multi-state river cleanup that encompasses the entire length of the Ohio River, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries, from Pennsylvania to Illinois. The Kentucky River Clean Sweep is one of many cleanups scheduled in Kentucky as part of this effort.

The River Sweep is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from the Clays Ferry Boat Dock to the Valley View Ferry. Volunteers should gather at the Clays Ferry Boat Dock off KY 25 under the I-75 overpass between 8:30 and 10 a.m. to start the cleanup.

Volunteers will receive free breakfast and lunch, a t-shirt and a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. Trash bags, gloves and some life vests will also be provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy clothing, boots or close-toed shoes and life vests to clean up the river.

The River Sweep is a rain or shine event, so please dress for the weather.

At least a dozen boats are needed to transport the 80 or so volunteers who dedicate their Saturdays year after year. We are always in need of volunteers who have extra room on their boats for other volunteers.

Volunteers can register online at riversweep2014.eventbrite.com or by calling LexCall at 311 or 425-CALL. Participants under 18 years of age must have a liability release signed by their parent or guardian. Release forms will be provided at the registration tent on the day of the River Sweep or can be downloaded from the registration website and brought to the event.

The event is sponsored by the city of Lexington, the Kentucky River Authority and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.