BELLBROOK — The Little Miami River Kleeners and The Little Miami Watershed Network hosted the 7th canoe based spring clean up on the upper stretches of the Little Miami River and a community festival June 3.
Nearly a half-ton of trash was taken from the river. After seven years of efforts to rid the river of tires, guard rails, picnic tables, plastic and flip flops, volunteers said they could see a dramatic reduction in debris.
During the festival, 2017 IMPACT awards were given out to honor those who made a positive impact on the health of the river within the past year. Those recognized for “keeping an eagle eye” out for protecting the river included Yellow Springs Schools and Greene County Parks & Trails.
The project based learning curriculum of the Yellow Spring Schools had high school students studying water quality of Yellow Springs in Glen Helen and middle school students on a three-day river adventure of water testing.
Greene County Parks & Trails has been a founding member of both the River Kleeners and the network and have participated in all their activities, going above and beyond every job description. Their efforts make the canoe based river cleanup possible.
The Little Miami River is celebrating its 50th year as a state scenic river in 2017 and as a national scenic river in 2018.
Story courtesy of Little Miami River Kleeners