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.
A popular program with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) where landowners can apply for federal assistance to address environmental needs is advising interested applicants to apply and be added to a waiting list. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), popular with farmers looking to install grassed waterways, filter strips, wildlife plantings, among others has reached its maximum acreage nationwide. This means those on the waiting list will be offered assistance first when signups become available. Please contact the Clermont FSA office for information or additional assistance at 513-732-2181.
On Saturday, June 17th 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!), Meldahl Lock & Dam, Moscow Riverfront Park at 222 Second Street, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 513-218-4094.