River sweep considered a success

To the Editor:

The 14th annual Clean Sweep of The Great Miami River, POWW (Protecting Our Water Ways) Section, was completed this last Saturday under cloudy skies.

Approximately 75 POWW volunteers worked at removing trash off the roadways that are along the Great Miami River. The river was about 3 feet over normal and was considered unsafe for use of canoes.

Sixteen miles of roadways and the Piqua Bike Path were cleaned by people from 12 to 87 years of age. The exact weights are not in yet, but it appears to be about 3,500 pounds and 25 tires. Unusual finds included a mattress/box springs coiled up in barbed wire fencing, street signs, credit card, shopping cart, full can of beer, letters in a mason jar, TV, box fan, and just about everything else under the sun.

A large “thank you” to our main sponsor, Cargill, our major sponsors: Atlantis, city of Piqua, MCD, Cox Media, American Rivers, WPTW, Butler SWD, City of Sidney, Heidelberg, Bonbright, Sweetwater Brewery, and POWW. We also thank our local eateries: Rally’s, Subways, Beppo Uno, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Lee’s Chicken, East of Chicago, Pa Pa John’s, The support of Thoma & Son Jewelry, Crazy Martins, Hall Mark Cards, and the financial assistance of Salon Marchi Day Spa, Down A River/Down A Beer, Miami Valley Steel, The Wendeln Family, A.M. Leonard, The French Family, The Rich Donnelly Fund.

The POWW section of the Sweep would never get off the shore without the tremendous support of my family, friends, and local businesses. I appreciate their support and their “Drive” to keep this local treasure beautiful for all to enjoy. Please go to www.protectingourwaterways.org to learn more of what we do, why we do it, and how you can get involved.

— Jeff Lange

POWW Executive Director, Founder