River Sweep contest winners announced

PARKERSBURG – Students in primary and secondary schools in West Virginia are being encouraged to to design a poster for the 25th annual River Sweep in 2014.

Fifteen prizes will be awarded. The grand prize is $500 and the school representing the grand prize winner will also receive an award.

A $500 prize will be presented to the student with the winning design for the official River Sweep T-shirt. Thirteen $50 prizes will be awarded to one winner at each grade level.

The poster contest is open to students living in or attending schools in counties bordering the Ohio River, or counties participating in the River Sweep. This includes all counties along the Ohio River in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

The River Sweep will be held June 21. It is a one-day cleanup project for the Ohio River and its tributaries.

The sweep covers nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill., and averages more than 18,000 volunteers a year. Trash collected during the Sweep has included cars, tires, furniture, toys, a piano, and a variety of other items.

All trash collected is either recycled or placed in approved landfills.

The purpose of the sweep is to create an awareness of water quality problems caused by litter and illegal dumping. The poster contest, held with River Sweep, is one way to spread the word about litter prevention.

Posters submitted for the contest should reflect this goal and focus on encouraging volunteer participation.

The deadline for the River Sweep Poster Contest is Dec. 13.

The River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries. Other agencies participating in the River Sweep include Illinois EPA, Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, Kentucky River Authority, and West Virginia Make It Shine Program. Voluntary contributions from industries provide major funding for the Sweep.

For more information about the contest or rules, call Lisa Cochran at 1-800-359-3977 or go to commission’s website at www.orsanco.org.