The Spring Litter Clean-Up is an annual volunteer event held in many communities across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed. Each year, volunteers come together to enjoy the outdoors, while also doing their part to keep litter out of local parks, streams, and lakes. Volunteers of all ages walk their neighborhoods or use canoes to collect litter to help keep our open spaces and waterways clean and safe. It is inspiring to see so many people come together each to year to protect the treasures that make Clermont County and the East Fork watershed a special place.
This year's event was sponsored by the Clermont County Convention & Visitor's Bureau, the Duke Energy Foundation, and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors. The event is coordinated by the East Fork Watershed Collaborative and the Valley View Foundation.
The East Fork Watershed Collaborative(EFWC) is a watershed group that was formed in 2001 to help communities restore and protect the East Fork Little Miami River watershed. The East Fork Little Miami River is considered an exceptional water resource in Ohio and the EFWC works with partners in Clermont, Brown, Clinton and Highland counties to develop plans and projects to protect the river. The EFWC includes representatives from local government agencies, community organizations, and residents. 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.