Ohio River Sweep is a volunteer, shoreline cleanup of the Ohio River. During a single day, volunteers remove litter from the banks of the river and many of its tributaries, such as Beargrass Creek. The cleanup connects people to the river and encourages stewardship of this vital resource.
The annual six-state initiative stretches the entire length of the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cairo, Illinois. Each year during River Sweep, volunteers collect approximately 40 tons of trash from the shoreline in Jefferson County. An MSD employee will coordinate each site, supplying volunteers with gloves, trash bags, and a commemorative T-shirt.
There are a total of six cleanup sites along the Ohio River in Jefferson County: (Locations listed from upstream to downstream)
Hays Kennedy Park — 7003 Beachland Beach Road
Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park — 3730 River Road
Eva Bandman Park — 1701 River Road
Karen Lynch Park — 1731 Brownsboro Road
Riverview Park — 8202 Greenwood Road (Greenwood Road and Cane Run Road)
ORSANCO sponsors the event regionally, while MSD, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Louisville Water provide support at the local level—coordinating volunteer efforts at cleanup locations in Jefferson County.
River Sweep will also take place at other waterways throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Visit www.OhioRiverSweep.org for information about other locations.