River Clean Sweep returns

After a five-year hiatus, the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition is seeking volunteers to take part in a river cleanup 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 22 at Junior Home Park.

The organization is reviving the Sandusky River Clean Sweep tradition that happened every summer from 1998 until 2013.

“We have had a lot of people request it,” said SRWC Coordinator Jakob Boehler. “It’s popular and it gets people out there and does some good in the river.”

Boehler said several groups already have volunteered to take part in the cleanup, such as Scout troops, Columbian High School’s BioClub and the local amateur radio group to provide communication between clean-up sites.

“OSS Solid Waste is providing trash bags and gloves,” he said.

Tiffin city workers are to handle trash removal from the cleanup sites.

At least one local pizza restaurant is providing food for lunch, he said, and he plans to contact local outlets about providing bottled water and possibly other food.

The cleanup is to be based at Junior Home Park — at Huss Street and River Road — where volunteers are to receive instructions and be directed to clean-up areas in the river and Rock Creek through the Tiffin area.

Volunteers should dress to be in the river. Closed-toe footwear, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended. Trash bags, gloves and other supplies are to be provided.

The coalition invites youth and adult clubs and any individuals who would like to take part to register by Sept. 14 by contacting Boehler at (419) 448-2054 or jboehler@


Also, Boehler said, restaurants or stores willing to contribute food and bottled water should contact him.

Visit the SRWC website at www.sanduskyriver.org.