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Photos: Volunteers 'redd up' river bank around Sewickley

Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Ed Kramer of Cecil, marine safety officer for the Pittsburgh division of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, tosses trash into a garbage bag during the River Sweep at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Glen Osborne Saturday, June 15, 2013. This was the first year crews have cleaned up near the base during the annual River Sweep.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Ed Kramer of Cecil, marine safety officer for the Pittsburgh division of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, tosses trash into a garbage bag during the River Sweep at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Glen Osborne Saturday, June 15, 2013. This was the first year crews have cleaned up near the base during the annual River Sweep.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Volunteer Kristen Davis, 15, of Beaver carries garbage bags as she looks for trash along the shore near the Coast Guard Station in Glen Osborne as part of the River Sweep Saturday, June 15, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Volunteer Kristen Davis, 15, of Beaver carries garbage bags as she looks for trash along the shore near the Coast Guard Station in Glen Osborne as part of the River Sweep Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Bob Davis of Beaver, commander of the Pittsburgh division of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, wheels a tire up a hill along the Ohio River near the Coast Guard station in Glen Osborne during the River Sweep Saturday, June 15, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Bob Davis of Beaver, commander of the Pittsburgh division of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, wheels a tire up a hill along the Ohio River near the Coast Guard station in Glen Osborne during the River Sweep Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Charles Southworth of Ohio Township walks through tall grass and weeds looking for trash during River Sweep near the state Fish & Boat Commission boat ramp in Glenfield Saturday, June 15, 2013. Southworth said the cleanup, organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, was more difficult this year than last because of the higher river level.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Charles Southworth of Ohio Township walks through tall grass and weeds looking for trash during River Sweep near the state Fish & Boat Commission boat ramp in Glenfield Saturday, June 15, 2013. Southworth said the cleanup, organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, was more difficult this year than last because of the higher river level.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
 

Volunteers at three sites in the Sewickley Valley removed litter and debris from the banks of the Ohio River on Saturday during the annual Ohio River Sweep.

The event — which began in 1989 — is organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.

More than 20,000 volunteers last year participated in cleanup sites from the river's start in downtown Pittsburgh to its end in Cairo, Ill. They collected more than 20,000 tons of debris.

Kristina Serafini is a photographer and reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or kserafini@tribweb.com.

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