Congratulations to the 2012 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!
American Rivers would like to congratulate the National River Cleanup® Clean Sweep of the Great Miami participants for receiving the votes to be chosen as the best cleanup photo of 2012!
Alan Hale, from Logan County Solid Waste District in Ohio, submitted this photo of long-time volunteer Dan Branson hauling in a huge tractor tire! Dan’s tire was only one of 49 tires and 1.4 tons of trash removed by 40 volunteers from their section of the Great Miami River in Ohio. That equates to over 70 pounds removed per volunteer!
Every year for nearly 20 years now, hundreds of volunteers come out to participate in the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River in Ohio. In 2012, 598 volunteers cleaned the entire watershed in a coordinated multi-cleanup event and removed over 30.5 tons of trash, including 401 tires.
For the past eight years, Alan has helped organize the cleanup for the Logan County section of the river. This 17-mile section runs from the headwaters of the Great Miami River at Indian Lake to the bottom of the county.
They have been so successful that in 2012 they actually had to turn away volunteers because they ran out of canoe space!
As winners of the National River Cleanup Photo Contest with several hundred votes, their photo will be used to represent National River Cleanup both online and in print throughout 2013.
Thank you to all of the organizers and volunteers who contributed beautiful (and trashy) photographs to the 2012 National River Cleanup Photo Contest! We look forward to seeing the 2013 photo contest submissions – so send in your photos! And if you haven’t planned a cleanup for 2013 yet, find one near you or organize one at www.AmericanRivers.org/Cleanup.