River Sweep

History of the Ohio River Sweep 

Since 1989, River Sweep has been organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, an interstate water pollution agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  

The Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League (ACSL) decided that since the Ohio River is formed by the Monongahela and the Allegheny rivers the member clubs of the ACSL could band together and clean those river banks. Together with the PA DEP we have collected many tons of debris from the river banks.  

Later the Beaver and Youghiogheny rivers and their tributaries were added to the task. 

The River Sweep is the largest organized volunteer river cleanup effort in the country, winding through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Illinois, covering more than 2,400 miles of shoreline. 

 Let’s hope that the next generation of ACSL member clubs will continue this excellent project.