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Entries sought for Ohio River Sweep Poster Contest, competition open to Northern Kentucky students

Students are invited to design a poster for the 29th annual Ohio River Sweep 2018.

Fifteen prizes will be awarded.  The grand prize is $500 and the school representing the grand prize winner will also receive an award.  A $500 prize will be presented to the student with the winning design for the official Ohio River Sweep t-shirt.  Thirteen $50 prizes will be awarded; one to a winner in each grade level.

The Poster Contest is open to students (public and private, K-12) living in or attending schools in counties bordering the Ohio River or counties participating in the Ohio River Sweep. This includes all counties along the Ohio River in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.

The 2017 winner, Nick Boczek, was a fourth grader at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Florence.

The 29th annual Ohio River Sweep will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018.  The Ohio River Sweep is a one-day cleanup project for the Ohio River and its tributaries.  The Sweep covers nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cairo, IL. Trash collected during the Sweep has included cars, tires, furniture, toys, a piano, and a variety of other items.

The Ohio River Sweep is held to create an awareness of water quality problems caused by litter and illegal dumping.  The Poster Contest, held in conjunction with the Ohio River Sweep, is one way to spread the word about litter prevention.  Posters submitted for the contest should reflect this goal and focus on encouraging volunteer participation.  Deadline for the Poster Contest is December 15, 2017.

The Ohio River Sweep is sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO). ORSANCO is the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries.  Other agencies participating in the Ohio River Sweep include Illinois EPA, Kentucky River Authority, Ohio EPA and West Virginia Make It Shine Program. Voluntary contributions from industries provide the funding for the Sweep.

For further information about the Ohio River Sweep Poster Contest or for complete contest rules and regulations, contact Lisa Cochran at 1-800-359-3977 or visit www.OhioRiverSweep.org.


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