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River cleanup delayed

Letcher County’s River Sweep cleanup was rescheduled from June 20 until July 25 after heavy rains swelled the headwaters of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and flooded many of its tributaries.

River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup of the Ohio River and its tributaries, including the North Fork. The cleanup effort encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, Pa., to its end in Cairo, Ill., including 1,962 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.

Each year, more than 21,000 volunteers from public organizations, civic groups, recreational clubs, and the general public in six states bordering the river come together to collect more than 20,000 tons of trash and other debris from the banks of the river’s involved tributaries.

Letcher County’s participation is being sponsored by Childers Oil Company of Whitesburg.

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