June 4, 2018

Another Successful Spring Cleaning

The 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up was another successful event with 438 volunteers cleaning up 12 sites and removing nearly 3 tons of trash from our waterways and parks across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed!

A big thank you to our event sponsors: the Duke Energy Foundation, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR), the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Buckeye United Fly Fishers (top right).

Thank you also to our partners: the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ), Clermont County Park District, Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) – Division of Parks & Division of Watercraft, Highland SWCD, Harsha Lake U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Save the Date!  Next year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2019.

 

June 4, 2018

2018 Ohio River Sweep

On Saturday, June 16th thousands of volunteers from Pittsburgh, PA to Cairo, IL will do their part to clean up the 3,000 miles of Ohio River shoreline.

In Clermont County volunteers can report to: Chilo Lock #34 Park (rough terrain – adults or teens only!), Neville, Indian Mound Campground or the riverfront Bandstand in New Richmond.

The event starts at 9:00 am and ends around noon.  Volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver and will receive free t-shirts, gloves and trash bags.  There will be refreshments available after the event, with most communities hosting a cookout.  The Ohio River Sweep will be held rain or shine but canceled if the weather is dangerous (lightning, etc.).

Participants are asked to wear old, comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes.  If you have questions please contact Becky Ploucha, Valley View Foundation, at ors.clermont@gmail.com or at 513-218-4094.

March 2, 2018

Spring Litter Clean-Up Set For April 21

Leah Decatur’s Winning Design

Clermont SWCD and the Valley View Foundation are pleased to present this year’s winner of the 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up T-shirt Design Contest, Leah Decatur, an 11th grader from CNE High School!  This year’s contest was sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors, and the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Ms. Decatur will receive a $100 cash prize for her winning design and an additional $100 cash prize will be awarded to the CNE school art department. Leah will be presented her award at the March 21 county commissioner meeting.

The other grade-level winners and all the artwork submitted by local students can be viewed on the event website:  www.springlittercleanup.com.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at various locations across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed.

Volunteers are needed!  You can register individually, organize a school/scout group, or bring some neighborhood friends, to participate in this fun, worthwhile event!  Protective gloves and trash bags will be provided.  All volunteers will be given a picnic lunch and event t-shirt as a thank you for helping out.  Watch our website for locations and to register at: www.springlittercleanup.com, which will be available shortly.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to our event partners: Clermont Office of Environmental Quality, Clermont County Park District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-State Parks, US Army Corp of Engineers, and Valley View Foundation.

December 6, 2017

Spring Litter Clean-Up kicks off with T-shirt Design Contest

Jenna Bellonby from Milford High School (4th from the right) was the 2017 Spring Litter Clean-Up T-shirt design winner

Clermont SWCD and the Valley View Foundation are kicking off the 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up (SLC) event with a T-shirt Design Contest for local K-12 students. This year’s contest, sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation, begins this December and any K-12 student attending a school located in Clermont County or within the East Fork Little Miami River watershed (including home-schooled students) is eligible to compete.

T-shirt designs should emphasize litter clean-up and prevention. Students can register for the contest through the event website: www.springlittercleanup.com. The student with the winning design will receive a $100 cash award and an additional $100 gift given to their school art department or local art program. There will also be 13 grade-level awards of $25 each.  Entries are due to the SWCD office on Friday, February 2, 2018 by 4 p.m.

The 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at various locations across Clermont County and the East Fork watershed.

June 5, 2017

Another Successful Year Fighting Dirty

The East Fork Watershed Collaborative and Valley View Foundation are pleased to report that the 2017 Spring Litter Clean-Up for Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed was a great success!  The event drew over 540 volunteers to clean up 14 sites and over 7 miles of riverbank and lake shoreline!  Volunteers collectively cleared nearly 3.5 tons of trash from our streams, lakes and parkland areas.

We truly appreciate the support from our event sponsors, including the Clermont County Visitors Bureau, Duke Energy Foundation, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors, the Buckeye United Fly Fishers and Lykins Energy Solutions!

Thank you also to our partnering agencies and organizations, including the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality, Clermont County Park District, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio     Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) – Division of Parks – Division of Watercraft, Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Highland SWCD, Harsha Lake U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the East Fork Watershed Collaborative.

We also want to salute our active communities and partners for their commitment to this event!   Village of Amelia  *  City of Milford * Village of Williamsburg  *  Village of Owensville  *  Village of Bethel  *  Pierce Township *  Milford Junior High School  *  Lynchburg Middle School  *  New Richmond  * Clermont Co. Juvenile Corrections *  Buckeye United Fly Fishers  *  Village of Felicity  *  Miami Township

March 6, 2017

2017 Spring Litter Clean-Up is Saturday, April 22

Winning t-shirt design entry by Jenna Bellonby, Milford High School

Planning for the 2017 Spring Litter Clean-Up is in full swing and communities across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed are preparing to host groups of volunteers on Saturday, April 22, to help spruce up our local streams, lakes and parkland areas.

Earlier this year, the 3rd annual T-shirt Design Contest kick-started the event planning and over 181 students submitted designs to be included on the 2017 event t-shirt. This year’s winner is Jenna Bellonby, a 10th grader at Milford High School – congratulations, Jenna!

The Spring Litter Clean-Up is a combination of two events that have proved successful for more than 20 years in Clermont County – the East Fork River Sweep and Clermont Clean & Green events. This year’s event will be held 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 22nd, in various communities across the county and watershed.

Volunteers are needed! You can register individually, organize a school/scout group, or bring some neighborhood friends, to participate in this fun, worthwhile event! Protective gloves and trash bags will be provided. All volunteers will be given a picnic lunch and event t-shirt as a thank you for helping out. You can register online at: www.springlittercleanup.com.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to our event sponsors – the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR), the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Duke Energy Foundation, and Lykins Energy Solutions.

We hope to see you on April 22nd!

November 17, 2016

T-Shirt Design Contest Kicks Off Spring Litter Cleanup

The Clermont County Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), the Duke Energy Foundation, Lykins Energy Solutions, and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR) are teaming up to support the 2017 Spring Litter Clean-Up in Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed.  The event will kick off this November with a T-shirt design contest open to all local K-12 students.  “We’re happy to support this event and to see the unique t-shirt designs submitted by the students,” says Mark Calitri, Executive Director with the Clermont CVB.

Any K-12 student attending a school located in Clermont County, or within the East Fork watershed, may register to compete.  T-shirt designs should emphasize litter clean-up and prevention.  Students can review contest rules and register through the event website at: www.springlittercleanup.com.  The grand prize winner will be awarded $100, with an additional $100 going to the student’s school art department.  There will also be 13 grade level awards given at $25 each.  Designs must be submitted by February 3, 2017.

The Spring Litter Clean-Up will be held 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in various communities across the county and watershed.  The clean-up is a combination of two events that have proved successful for more than 20 years in Clermont County – the East Fork River Sweep and Clermont Clean & Green events.  The event is coordinated each year by the East Fork Watershed Collaborative and Valley View Foundation.

For more information about the Spring Litter Clean-Up or the T-shirt design contest, please contact the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District/East Fork Watershed Collaborative at 513-732-7075.

August 9, 2016

Found: Williamsburg High School Bell

BurgBell_16SLCWe’ve found some interesting stuff over the years of the Spring Litter Cleanup, but this year’s find may be the best. Two Western Brown students found the bell used by Williamsburg High School during football games when the Wildcats score a touchdown. The school was very happy to have the bell returned. So if you’re missing something, you may want to join us for the 2017 Spring Litter Cleanup!

 
 
 
 
 
 

August 9, 2016

Another Successful Spring Litter Clean-Up

SLC2016The East Fork Watershed Collaborative and Valley View Foundation are pleased to report that the 2016 Spring Litter Clean-Up for Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed was another great success! The event attracted 545 volunteers to clean up 13 sites across Clermont County and the East Fork, including 10 miles of riverbank and lake shoreline! Volunteers collectively cleared approximately six tons of trash and contributed over 1,462 hours of community service.

We truly appreciate the support from our event sponsors: the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors. The event was also supported with materials from Keep America Beautiful and with a Community Litter Grant provided by Ohio EPA.

Thank you also to our partnering agencies and organi­zations, including the Clermont Office of Environmental Quality, Clermont County Park District, Clermont Office of Public Information, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Divisions of Parks and Watercraft, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Friends of Stonelick State Park.

August 8, 2016

New Richmond Student Wins Spring Litter Clean-up Contest