POWW holds 17th river clean-up

MIAMI COUNTY — Protecting Our Water Ways (POWW) recently held it’s 17th annual Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River on Saturday, July 18, with 85 volunteers, 30 canoes, three trucks, and more taking part in the annual clean-up.

Jeff Lange, founder and director of POWW, said they took 47 tires, in a total weight of 5,520 pounds, out of the river. This was 400 pounds over last year, their lowest year, and the river was six inches below normal.

Unusual items they found included three bikes, the jaw bone of a horse or cow, splitting maul, a grocery cart, spud bar, a riveted stell pipe, two sets of mattess/box springs, two sofa cushions, a bowling ball, and a patio table.

Lange thanked their main main sponsor, Cargill, as well as their other major sponsors: Atlantis, MCD, Cox Media, POWW, city of Sidney, Bonbright Distributors, Fifty West, Heidelberg Dist. Co., and Butler County Storm Water Distribution. He also gave a special thanks to the city of Piqua Street Department, DAR/DAB, and the generous support of Park National Bank in Piqua. He also thanked the local eateries for donations of food for the volunteers.

For more information, visit www.protectingourwaterways.org.