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

ORSANCO logo, via City of Paducah Kentucky Government on Facebook

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.


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:

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


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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