Over the past 18 years, the annual Kentucky River Sweep has become something of a tradition in Clark County. But Solid Waste Coordinator Gary Epperson hopes to never do it again.
"It's 18 years in a row that we have had to pick up trash," he said. "Wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to do things like that?"
Organizers staged the sweep on Saturday as part of a statewide effort to collect litter that accumulates along the banks and degrades the river's water quality and appearance. During the five-hour event, about 125 volunteers picked up more than 300 bags of trash.
"There was an awful lot this year," Epperson said. "We cleaned up a big mess. There was a ton of plastic bottles and those kind of objects. I've never seen anything like it."