By Stacy Kess
The Scioto River is considered scenic, but without the help of volunteers, the river can become littered with trash.
“Over the last 20 years of cleaning the Scioto River, I’ve worked with hundreds of volunteers who pulled tons of trash from the river, including over 1,000 tires,” Delaware General Heath District’s Keep Delaware County Beautiful coordinator Jenifer Way-Young said. “We want to keep our water sources clean and healthy to allow for safe drinking water, and it take volunteers to this.”
To make that happen, Keep Delaware County Beautiful is again seeking volunteers for a trash clean-up from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 6.
“It’s easier to keep a waterway clean rather than cleaning it up after it becomes polluted by waste,” Way-Young said.
Way-Young is asking volunteers of all ages to meet at 8:30 a.m at the Radnor Township Picnic Shelter, 4061 State Route 203 in Radnor. The volunteers should be dressed in comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes (no bare feet or flip-flop sandals) and ready to clean up the river area. Both the banks and river channels will be included in the clean-up project. Canoes, trash bags and other equipment needed to collect litter will be provided, along with transportation to and from launch and pickup sites, and a free picnic lunch.
Prospective volunteers are asked to register for the clean-up by calling 470-368-1700. Volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Those with canoes are encouraged to bring them to assist in the clean-up.
Additional support and assistance for the 2014 River Sweep is provided by the Scioto River Valley Federation, Central Ohio Contractors, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Radnor Township, the Delaware/Knox/Marion/Morrow Solid Waste District, Ohio EPA and Pepsi.
Way-Young said the clean-up is important to the river, but that there are plenty of other places where waste can be properly disposed before it reaches the waterway.
For more information about the Scioto River clean-up project or waste disposal, contact Way-Young at 740-368-1700 or
Residents are welcome to contact Way-Young with any waste disposal questions by calling the health district at 740-368-1700.
Reporter Stacy Kess can be reached at 614-373-4166 or on Twitter @StacyMKess.