Annual River Sweep Slated
Washington PA Observer Reporter
13 June 2012
By Michael Bradwell, Business editor
CECIL - Betsy Mallison has some good news about the annual River
Sweep she's been a part of for the past 21 years: The six-state
effort to clean up litter and debris in the Ohio River watershed
has definitely made a difference in the water quality and health
of the river and its tributaries.
But this year's event, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and
has two area cleanup sites, needs volunteers.
"This event teaches river awareness and respect for our natural
resource," said Mallison, who is Pennsylvania's River Sweep
coordinator. "Get your family involved, teach them about our
waterways and help make a difference in our water quality."
On Saturday, volunteers will work on cleaning debris from the
section of Millers Run behind the Cecil post office on Millers Run
Road. The second site is in Bridgeville at Chartiers Park.
The two local sites are being coordinated by Weavertown
Environmental Group, a longtime participant in the local efforts.
WEG's John Mammay III said volunteers, who will be asked to sign a
waiver before starting the work, should wear old clothes and
hard-soled shoes. Site coordinators will provide water, gloves, a
souvenir T-shirt and garbage bags. Mammay said a limited number of
boots will be available for participants.
People interested in volunteering can learn more about River Sweep
cleanup locations by checking the Ohio River Valley Water
Sanitation Commission website at
http://www.orsanco.org/riversweep. From the left-hand column,
select "locations/coordinators," then click on Pennsylvania to
look at specific sites.
For the past 21 years, the River Sweep has wound through Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Illinois,
covering more than 2,400 miles of shoreline. It is the largest
organized volunteer river cleanup effort in the country.
"The River Sweep is making a difference in our waterways,"
Mallison said Tuesday. "We have made so much progress in the last
Last year, more than 600 volunteers collected 65 tons of trash,
200 tires and other debris along the Ohio, Allegheny, Beaver,
Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers and their tributaries at 20