The October 22, 2016 Great Miami River Cleanup planners will band together from Dayton, Ohio to the Ohio River to clean the waterways in the annual effort. It’s a great excuse to play in the mud while doing a good deed or enjoy the birds and waterways while walking the banks of the Great Miami River, collecting trash as you go.
Keep Middletown Beautiful works with Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District and others to recruit, organize and provide tools and equipment for volunteers willing to help with the annual project. Expanding every year to take in more volunteers and area, KMB will assist neighboring communities with proper tools, trash bags, etc. Dumpsters are placed in Middletown and other locations along the river for the trash collected.
In recent years, several different groups have joined the effort, Kohl’s, Start Skydiving, Rumpke, student and Scout groups. One of the more unusual efforts is by the Jimco Kayakers who use their kayaks and canoes to reach trash in the river, taking it to a floating flat boat. The entire flotilla moves downstream bringing items unreachable from the shore.
Volunteers can enjoy knowing they have helped their community and planet, meet new friends and celebrate with a cup of chili at the end of the morning’s work.
According to Jeff Michel, KMB Director, “ We are always looking for ways to join forces to make the Earth an even better place to live. The Great Miami River Cleanup day, October 22, is also National Make A Difference Day. So, whatever effort someone wishes to make, it will be welcome.”
Those willing to donate their time during that week, especially on Saturday, October 22, 9-12, are asked to pre-register at the www.GreatMiamiRiverCleanUp.org website or contact Site Coordinator Jeff Michel at 513-425-7750. Individuals and groups are asked to check in at Bicentennial Commons at Central Ave. and Carmody Blvd . Packets of needed materials and t-shirts for those pre-registered will be ready to speed up the ability to get right to work.