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Volunteers Needed for Massive ‘Ohio River Sweep’ Clean-Up Effort

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Volunteers across six states gather along the shore of the Ohio River for an annual ‘sweep’ next weekend. The ‘Ohio River Sweep’ is a cleanup effort spreading more than 3,000 miles. 

In our region: Ballard, Daviess, Livingston, McCracken and Union Counties in Kentucky and Alexander, Gallatin, Hardin, Massac, Pope and Pulaski Counties in Illinois are hosting clean-up efforts Saturday morning, June 18.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.

KENTUCKY

Ballard County: Wickliffe Riverfront 7:00 am- 12:00 pm; Port of Wickliffe 7:00 am- 12:00 pm; Fort Jefferson 7:00 am- 12:00 pm; contact: Larry Kelley 270-335-8000

Daviess County: English Park 8:00 am, contact: Scott Payne (email only: payne69@gmail.com)

Livingston County: Smithland Waterfront 8:00 am, contact: Dominque Wood 270-928-2168

McCracken County: Paducah Boat Ramp 8:00 am- 10:00 am, contact: Kevin Murphy or Michelle Hullen 270-908-4545

Union County: Blackburn Boat Ramp 8:30 am- 12:00 pm; Uniontown Boat Ramp 8:30 am- 12:00 pm; Caseyville Boat Ramp 8:30 am- 12:00 pm; Nyra Syers-Ford 270-389-5391

ILLINOIS:

Alexander County: Ft. Defiance State Park 8:00 am, contact: Thomas M. Simpson 618-306-4070

Gallatin County: Old Shawneetown City Park 8:00 am, contact: Steve Galt 618-269-3040

Hardin County: Cave-In-Rock State Park (workshop area) 9:00 am; Elizabethtown Riverfront (gazebo/shelter) 9:00; Rosiclare City Park 9:00; contact: Marty Kaylor 618-289-4686

Massac County: Ft. Massac State Park 8:00 am- 12:00 pm; Brookport Riverfront 8:00 am- 12:00 pm; Joppa Riverfront 8:00 am- 12:00 pm; contact: Chris McGinness 618-524-4712

Pope County: Golconda Area 9:00 am- 11:00 am, contact: Pat Garrison 618-683-4241

Pulaski County: Fisherman’s Bluff Rec. Area (Olmsted) 9:00 am- 11:00 am, contact: Monica Edwards/Curtis Marshall 618-742-6487

More at ORSANCO's website

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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