On July 18th, ten Peerless volunteers, along with 64 others, canoed and walked the riverbanks to remove 3,120 pounds of trash and 54 tires from a 12-mile, Shelby County stretch of the Great Miami River. This was more than three times the amount of trash and tires removed from this stretch of river in 2013.
Volunteers: (front row L-R) Joe Lawson, Chris Walker, Darryl Mann, Bob Moore, Johnathan Hale, Thomas Ludwig, JD Poling (back row L-R) Linda Knecht (Kathy’s sister-in-law), Aspen Weldy (Kathy’s daughter), Gary Ellis, Stephanie Wilson, Sara Ellis (Gary’s wife), Kenzie Weldy (Kathy’s daughter), and Kathy Weldy
Some of the most interesting items pulled from the river were a hot tub and a purse with driver’s license and social security card. Our very own JD Poling and Thomas Ludwig made the hot tub find. The Great Miami River Cleanup is a strictly volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River.
The event stretches over 60 miles from Indian Lake to the Ohio River. This annual event is coordinated by many partners and held in November in the lower region of the river and in July in the upper reaches.
This event is for a great cause, but it is also a lot of dirty, grimy fun.