Annual cleanup of the Ohio River set for Saturday

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) The annual cleanup of the Ohio River-and the bodies of water surrounding it-is this Saturday.

Locally, 150 volunteers are expected for the Ohio River Sweep, organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO).

It takes place along the entire length of the river from Pennsylvania to Illinois.

Each year, volunteers clean up debris that's washed up along the river, particularly during times where there's high water.

Volunteers are still needed to take part in the cleanup.

"They just show up at Point Park at 9:00 Saturday morning, and we'll disperse them," said John Reed of the Wood County Solid Waste Authority. "Some people know a particular area they'd like to take care of. If they don't, we'll send them to a particular area that needs attention."

Reed notes the areas needing attention the most are a lock near DuPont and Chemours, and near the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers.

There''s information on how to volunteer at