River clean-up nets 15,550 pounds of trash

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — POWW — Protecting Our Water-Ways recently held its annual The Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River on July 16.

More than 120 volunteers traveled the designated area of the river to clean up debris in and around the river.

In total, more than 7.75 tons of trash — 15,500 pounds — was removed from the river, including 151 tires, weighing more than 2.51 tons, or 5,015 pounds.

Protecting Our Water-Ways (POWW) is an IRS 501c3 nonprofit organization that is focused at cleaning the local water ways in Piqua, Ohio, and the adjoining northern Miami Valley.

Every third Saturday in July we participate in the Clean Sweep of The Great Miami River by cleaning our adopted 16 mile section of the GMR from south Sidney to south Piqua. POWW volunteers also organize yearly spring and fall cleanings of the Swift Run Lake, Echo Lake, Frantz Pond and the Piqua Hydraulic Canal.

For more information on the organization, visit http://www.protectingourwaterways.org/.

For the Daily Call