Ohio River

The Ohio River is one of the most polluted in the U.S. It transports 260 million tons of cargo each year and serves as the drinking water source for more than 5 million people. Whatever floats down the Ohio—tires, televisions, trash cans—finds its way into the Mississippi and then the Gulf of Mexico, affecting fish and marine animals and their ecosystems all along the way.  

In 2018 In Good Company began partnering with Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the only industrial-strength river cleanup operation in the world. The LL&W crew lives and travels in an eco-friendly barge for seven (or more) months each year, and has hosted conservation efforts on 23 rivers. Over two weeks in October, 42 In Good Company volunteers excavated 56,000 pounds of garbage from the Ohio and its banks. A month after we took off our muddy boots and gloves and headed home, LL&W announced it had reached a milestone: it had removed 10 million pounds of trash from U.S. rivers. In 2019 we headed back to the Ohio where three more In Good Company crews hauled out an additional 79, 515 pounds! Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving; as the LL&W team likes to say, if you catch it in the river, it never reaches the ocean.  

Because the Ohio is 981 miles long, we’re heading back in 2020!

135,500 pounds of trash cleaned from the river
5,424 volunteer hours
4 messages in bottles

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