The annual Spring Litter Clean-Up is an all-volunteer effort to enhance local communities and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed. The event is coordinated by the East Fork Watershed Collaborative and the Valley View Foundation. Volunteers clean sites throughout Clermont County and the East Fork communities using canoes and walking along stream banks, local streets and parks to collect litter. It is inspiring to see so many people come together each year to help protect the natural resources that make Clermont County and the East Fork watershed unique.
The East Fork Watershed Collaborative(EFWC) was formed in 2001 to develop a unified approach to restore and protect the East Fork Little Miami River watershed. As an informal agency/citizen-based watershed organization with representatives from Clermont, Brown, Clinton and Highland counties, the EFWC works with partners to implement projects and initiatives outlined in the state endorsed watershed action plans. Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is the lead agency for the EFWC.
The Valley View Foundation (VVF) is a grassroots, nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve land, preserve history and share it with the greater Cincinnati community.In 2002, a group of citizens had the vision and dedication to save one of the last family farms in this area to serve as a nature preserve and education center.Since that time, thousands of volunteer hours have made it possible for the VVF to establish permanent conservation of 190 acres along the East Fork Little Miami River, preserve local history, restore two historic barns, maintain five miles of trails, develop a thriving community garden and increase the number of visitors from local schools, scout troops, businesses and government leaders each year.