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River Round Up 2022: Poster Contest Winners

The 2022 River Round Up Committee is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Licking County River Round Up Poster Contest! Congratulations to our 3 winners:

Olivia Frew of Cherry Valley Elementary

Emily Newell of Heritage Middle School

& Addy Karns, homeschooler!

Our winners will receive $100 in prize money and their schools will receive a $500 scholarship toward advancing science and art projects. The winning posters will be displayed at River Round Up Event sites on September 10, 2022, and in promotional displays around Licking County throughout the year.

Congratulations Olivia, Emily, and Addy!

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  • History:  The river clean up brought out hundreds of volunteers who pulled tires, shopping carts and mountains of trash from an 18 mile stretch of the river. Through their efforts, a river that had all but been abandoned, has seen a rebirth of aquatic and bird life. Due to the closing of a canoe livery and the changing of staff, the River Round Up ended in 2003.

    Rebirth:  After a break of eight years, several Licking County and City of Newark agencies came together to bring back the River Round Up in 2011. The recent clean ups have been very successful. In 2014, for the 20th anniversary of the River Round Up, our goal was to continue to branch out into the community and clean up more waterways throughout the county.

    Now:  We have succeeded by expanding the clean up to Pataskala, Union Township, Granville, and Hebron, in addition to maintaining the clean ups in Newark, Blackhand Gorge, St. Louisville, and Buckeye Lake. In 2015, Shackleford's Disposal came on board as our Presenting Sponsor. We added the City of Heath as a new clean up location near Hoback Park and The Dawes Arboretum joined the committee. For 2019, we are looking forward to another successful clean up, new partners and volunteers, and continuing to raise awareness about taking care of our waterways.

River Round Up 2021 a Success!  

A huge Thank You goes out to everyone for your support in making the 2021 River Round Up a huge success!  

Totals have finally been tallied (drum roll please!):
Trash to landfill: 16,400 pounds
Tires: 334
Scrap metal: 1540 pounds

Although we were down in volunteer numbers from 2019 (the last "traditional" event to compare to), we still pulled comparable numbers out of the waterways this year! 

The Licking County River Round Up is an annual, county-wide river cleanup event in September on the Saturday after Labor Day. This community event brings out hundreds of volunteers who pull tires, shopping carts and mountains of trash from the Licking River and its tributaries.

Through this amazing community-based conservation effort, a river system that had all but been abandoned, has seen a beautiful rebirth of aquatic and bird life. The event is coordinated by the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with many local agencies and organizations.  

River Round Up 2022: Save the date!

This year River Round Up will be on September 10, 2022. Registration will open July 1st.

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting - Reserved for a major contribution. Includes: All Gold Benefits, plus logo on T-shirt and all event materials.

Gold - up to $1,000 Includes: All Silver benefits, plus recognition in up to three editions of newsletters and invitation to preview river float.

Silver - up to $500 Includes: All Bronze benefits, plus recognition in one edition of committee members’ newsletters.

Bronze - up to $250 Includes: Name on event t-shirt, social media and recognition at the event.

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