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Kentucky River Sweep 2017 Scheduled For June 17, Volunteers Needed In 19 Counties

Photo: Kentucky River Authority

The Kentucky River Authority (KRA) encourages volunteers to help in 19 Kentucky counties that will have teams removing debris as part of the Kentucky River Sweep this Saturday.  The river sweep, a cooperative effort of the KRA and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, encourages volunteers to clean the waterways of debris in six states.

The first Kentucky River Sweep, in 1994, was organized by the KRA to clean up the banks of the Kentucky River and its tributaries. Over the years, volunteers have removed tons of trash, debris and recyclable items.

The Kentucky River, including its upper tributaries, is approximately 420 miles long from its beginning in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to the Ohio River in Carrollton. There are 42 counties in the Kentucky River Basin and more than 750,000 people depend on the Kentucky River for their primary source of drinking water, agricultural production, and industrial uses.

Individuals interested in participating in cleanup activities and a list of contacts for participating counties, visit www.kra.ky.gov or contact Sue Elliston 502-696-2830 or sue.elliston@ky.gov.

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