June 2, 2020

Annual spring litter clean-up changed to virtual do-it-yourself, July 4-25

BATAVIA, OH (June 2, 2020) – The annual spring litter clean-up event held in Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed has been changed to a virtual, Summer Litter Clean-Up (SLC) for do-it-yourself volunteers.  The SLC event, coordinated each year by the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Valley View Foundation (VVF), will kick off on July 4 in honor of our nation’s independence and will run through July 25.

“We’re asking volunteers to pick any date during that time frame to find an area near their home or in their local community that is in need of litter removal,” said Vanessa Hannah, Executive Director with the Valley View Foundation.  “Individuals or small groups can pick up litter as they visit local parks, hike nearby trails, or canoe the river while practicing social distancing.”

All volunteers are asked to register through the event website: www.springlittercleanup.com.  Clean-up materials, including protective gloves and trash bags, can be made available at specific locations across Clermont County.  A stainless steel water bottle with this year’s student designed logo will be included with clean-up materials, while supplies last.

On May 13, the Clermont County Commissioners recognized 10th grader Ellie Arkus for winning the 2020 SLC Logo Design Contest and also acknowledged her teacher, Ms. Amy Hauserman, and New Richmond High School for their involvement with the program.

“We’re always impressed with the designs submitted each year and Ellie’s design looks wonderful on the stainless steel bottle,” said Becky McClatchey, with Clermont SWCD.

The Logo Design Contest and Spring Litter Cleanup are sponsored locally by the Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Duke Energy Foundation, and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR).  The event is also partially supported with a grant from Ohio EPA.

Online registration for the event is open: http://www.springlittercleanup.com/.  For more information, contact the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District at 513.732.7075 or the Valley View Foundation at 513.218.1098.