Bowling balls were among the items volunteers representing Cox Media Group Ohio and Manheim employees from Cincinnati pulled from the Great Miami River as part of Clean Sweep 2014. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson

More than 900 people expected to show their love for Great Miami in river cleanup

The Gem City and its surrounding neighbors have a lot to thank the Great Miami River for. From Dayton’s founding to all of the activities we enjoy today because of our waterways — the Great Miami is essential to our sustainability.

The annual Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River is a huge, two-part effort, with the Dayton-area portion happening on July 20 and July 21. The event is an opportunity to clean up our region’s greatest waterway, as well as remind people that their relationship with the Great Miami River is a two-way street. 

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“Maybe that was just one cigarette butt you threw into the river. But imagine if everyone does that ... (the river) doesn’t know boundaries, it doesn’t know county lines — it’s flowing through everybody,” said Linda Raterman from the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District and head organizer of the Clean Sweep. 

Volunteers Haley Dickinson and Kasey Banks of Bad Frog Frozen Yogurt and Jeff Gambrell and Louise Jewett look for littered trash while participating in the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Hamilton. Photo by Robert Leifheit/Contributing Photographer
Photo: Leifheit

The Indian Lake-to-Franklin portion of the cleanup will take place in 12 different locations, with some of the closest meeting locations to downtown Dayton being Carillon Park and Deeds Park. The lower portion of the Great Miami will have its own cleanup on Oct. 27. 

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“The Clean Sweep is a volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River,” according to the event’s website. “This river cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for communities to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers.”

To see all locations in the Dayton-area that are meetup points for July’s portion of the Clean Sweep, visit the event’s website.

The Clean Sweep is coordinated and supported by many sponsors, including Dayton Daily News’s own Cox Media Group Ohio.


WHAT: Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

WHEN: Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21

WHERE: Multiple locations