The Ohio River Channel
An Update from the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission
May 2017

Tweet the Sweep!
The Ohio River Sweep 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, June 17th, along the shoreline of the Ohio River and many of its tributaries. The Ohio River Sweep covers more than 3,000 miles of shoreline! The events occurs in a diverse collection of big cities, small towns, parks, farms, and everything in between. Volunteers love to see the different locations, so ORSANCO is asking volunteers to take a photo of themselves at their cleanup site and post the photo to their favorite social media account with the hashtag #OhioRiverSweep. All those interested in volunteering for this event can visit to find a list of locations. Volunteers are needed for this massive event!


ORSANCO Remembers Mel Hook
Former Commissioner Mel Hook passed away on March 3, 2017. Mel served ORSANCO with distinction for 23 years as a Pennsylvania Commissioner and served as Chairman twice in 1992-1993 and 2005-2006. Prior to his time as a Commissioner, Mel served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and later earned a master's degree in civil engineering. He was the manager of Fox Chapel Water Authority in Pittsburgh for 40 years, and later served as a consultant for an engineering firm. We honor Mel for his commitment to improving water quality in the Ohio River Valley. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. 

See What's Swimming in Your Water!  

ORSANCO's Life Below the Waterline mobile aquarium is on the move! This unique display is only one out of a dozen traveling aquariums in the United States, and it may be floating near you! It is displayed at various events in the Ohio River basin. The aquarium is filled with locally-caught fish, which are returned to the river after each event. Check out the current schedule at to find out if there's an upcoming event in your area.  

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