Evans said she told volunteers to not worry about tires this year because they’re so hard to move and discard, but they pulled eight tires from the river anyway.
Former Ohio First Lady Hope Taft, who co-founded the Little Miami River Kleeners in 2010 with Steve Kopp, cleaned a section of the river near Spring Valley on June 7 with her husband Bob, the former Ohio governor. They filled several bags with trash, finding the remains of shoes, cans and all sorts of discarded plastic.
It was hard to judge whether the river was cleaner or dirtier than normal. Heavy rains in May picked up trash and moved it all over the place, Evans said, though the river level had dropped by the time the cleanup began, making it easier for people to navigate the banks in canoes.
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“One thing that was nice about it being done over a two-week period was we could have somebody at Constitution Park (in Spring Valley), for example,” Evans said, “and three or four days later, someone would clean it up again. The trash kept coming. Rarely did someone go to a place and say, ‘Oh, there’s no trash here.’”
Future event: The Little Miami River Kleeners will hold their annual Trailblazer Adventure from July 18 through Aug 5. Families are encouraged to enjoy the river corridor on foot, on a bike or in a canoe, going on a scavenger hunt to find educational points.
More information on the free event is available LMRiverKleeners.org, and people can also register there.