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Volunteers needed for Kentucky River Clean Sweep

The annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep is coming up soon, and the call for volunteers is going out.

This year's sweep, which is the 19th annual, is scheduled for Saturday, June 19.

Lexington city officials are asking for volunteers to help collect trash and debris along the 12 miles of the Kentucky River in Fayette County.

"Heavy spring rains, especially the first weekend in May, unfortunately leave trash and debris along the banks and even in the trees," said Susan Bush, acting commissioner of Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality, in a news release. "The river sweep is our opportunity to help prepare the river area for the summer recreation season and it takes a lot of volunteers to accomplish this task."

The cleanup is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the 19th, from the Clays Ferry Boat Dock to the Valley View Ferry Dock.

Officials say volunteers should gather at the Clays Ferry Dock off Highway 25, just under the I-75 overpass.

Officials say volunteers will receive a free breakfast, a free lunch, t-shirts, and gloves.

To volunteer for the cleanup, or for more information on it, call LexCall at 311, or 425-2255. It's asked volunteers pre-register, so food and t-shirts can be arranged.

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