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Licking County River Round Up, September 9

The Licking County Health Department, in partnership with Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District and other local agencies, present the 23rd annual Licking County River Round Up event on Saturday, September 9. Registration with location availability information is now open at EventBrite.

This annual river clean-up brings out hundreds of volunteers who pull tires, shopping carts and mountains of trash from 30 miles of rivers and streams. 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 River Round Up event begins at 8 am at numerous waterway locations throughout the county. Volunteers may choose to kayak, canoe, walk in streams, walk on land or nearby paths, or assist with logistics. Please refer to the registration site for a complete listing of available locations.

In 2016, over 320 volunteers participated in the Licking County River Round Up event to clean up trash, metal, tires and recyclables from waterways throughout the county. Nearly 26 miles of waterways were successfully cleaned with volunteers collecting a total of 4,790 pounds of trash and 4,220 pounds of recyclables.

Additional partnering agencies include The Dawes Arboretum, Explore Licking County, Village of Granville, Village of Hebron, City of Heath, Jobes Henderson, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, Licking County Recycling, Licking Park District, City of Newark Stormwater Utility, Union Township, Village of Utica, and numerous community members.

The presenting sponsors of the 2017 River Round Up are Shacklefords Disposal Service and the Licking County Health Department. Additional sponsorship recognition goes to Keep America Beautiful, Ohio EPA, State Industrial Products, Burgess & Niple, City of Heath, City of Newark Stormwater Utility, The Dawes Arboretum, Explore Licking County, Gresham, Smith & Partners, Jobes Henderson, Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District, Union Township, Village of Hebron, Village of Granville, ADR & Associates, American Rivers, Grace Services, Granville Kiwanis, M Tech Company / The Safety Company.

Stay updated with this conservation tradition by finding the River Round Up Facebook page.


Licking County Health Department Media Contact: Olivia Biggs, Public Information Officer,, 740-349-6488