June 21, 2008

Shoreline Cleanup Slated Saturday

By MARK WILSON, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7417 or [email protected]

River Sweep 2008, the annual shoreline cleanup of the Ohio River and its tributaries, will be held Saturday.

Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties will host local campaigns.

More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris during the event, which takes place in six states.

The cleanup is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission in partnership with various state agencies and industries.

Here is how to participate locally:

Vanderburgh County

The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet at the Four Freedoms Monument in Downtown

Evansville and wear boots and work clothes, coordinator Mary Armacost said.

Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Participants will receive free T-shirts, drinks, doughnuts, fruit and a coupon for free ice cream at Lic's.

Participation will count toward community service hours for schools or employment, Armacost said.

For more information, contact Armacost at 428-0568 or [email protected]

Warrick County

Volunteers should meet at the Old Lock and Dam in Newburgh. The cleanup will take place from 8 to 11 a.m.

Participants are advised to wear work clothes and boots and bring insect repellant. Gloves, garbage bags and free T-shirts will be provided.

For more information, call ORSANCO at (800) 359-3977.

Posey County

There will be two locations in Posey County. Volunteers can meet and clean at Sherburne Park in Mount Vernon, Ind., or at the John T. Myers Lock and Dam.

The event will last from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at both sites. There will be no cleanup in New Harmony, Ind., because of flooding.

T-shirts, gloves, garbage bags and drinks will be provided.

Volunteers must sign a waiver and children under 18 must have one signed by a parent or guardian.

Waiver forms are available at the Posey County Solid Waste District, which can be contacted at 838-1613 for more information.

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