LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A huge effort means 3,000 miles along the Ohio River will look a little cleaner this weekend.

The annual Ohio River Cleanup happens Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Thousands of volunteers in six states, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, will pick up trash along the banks of the Ohio.

Local utilities including the Louisville Water Company, Louisville Gas & Electric and the Metropolitan Sewer District are leading the effort. 

MSD executive director Tony Parrott said it's a big job. 

"How much trash will we collect this weekend? Well, we estimate that we'll collect about 40 tons of trash. That's about eight dump trucks' -- that you see standing beside us here -- load of garbage that we can take away from along the Ohio River," he said. 

Plastic water bottles make up a big part of the trash collected each year. 

There are a total of seven cleanup sites along the Ohio River in Jefferson County:  (Locations listed from upstream to downstream)

  • Hays Kennedy Park - 7003 Beachland Beach Road
  • Juniper Beach Area - 5230 Upper River Road (Harrods Creek Fire Station)
  • Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park - 3730 River Road
  • Eva Bandman Park - 1701 River Road
  • Karen Lynch Park/Beargrass Flood Pumping Station - 1731 Brownsboro Road
  • Shawnee Park - W Market Street (between Northwestern Parkway and Fontaine Landing Court)
  • Riverview Park - 8202 Greenwood Road (Greenwood Road and Cane Run Road)

An MSD employee will coordinate each site, supplying volunteers with gloves, trash bags and a commemorative T-shirt.

River Sweep will also take place at other waterways throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Visit www.OhioRiverSweep.org for information about other locations.

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