Ohio River Mini-Sweep on the Hocking

Saturday, September 25th, 2021 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (ET)
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Every year thousands of pounds of trash are transported downstream on our waterways. It is estimated that over 85% of our public waterways are polluted. Not only is this unsightly, but it is a hazard to wildlife and the public that depend on the water.

Each year, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) sponsors an interstate river cleanup. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this one-day event has been converted to a series of ‘mini-sweeps’. On September 25, 2021 from 9:00am to 12 noon, in an effort to join this important cause, the Athens Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the City of Athens, the Athens City-County Health Department, and the Hocking Conservancy District are organizing an Ohio River Mini-Sweep on the Hocking. As a major tributary of the Ohio River, the Hocking River's state of cleanliness would have a significant impact on the trash flowing into the Ohio River and points downstream. Recent flooding has left lots to clean-up!

We are looking for volunteers to assist us in this litter pick-up. Pre-registration and a signed release will be necessary for everyone that will be participating. We need to make sure we have adequate supplies and to mark the success of our efforts. We will then arrange for you to sign releases, pickup your event supplies, and review instructions for trash and recycling pick-up the day of the event. A free T-shirt will be available to participants, while they last! We will be observing the local COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place on the day of the event. If you have any questions, please give our office a call or send us an email. Contact: Teresa Caldwell, Conservation Education Coordinator Athens Soil and Water Conservation District.
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Sep 24, 2021 12:00am or when space runs out.
Requirement Details
Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
  1. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

  2. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.
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