Ottawa River Cleanup
The Ottawa River Cleanup is a great success every year - around 350 volunteers remove about 10-12 tons of debris from the river banks. The next Ottawa River Cleanup will be held on April 22, 2017. Start now organizing groups of volunteers - 4-H, scouts, schools, environmental groups, service clubs, local industry. . . . Let's make this year another huge success!
Every April, Lima Allen County Neighborhoods in Partnership (LACNIP) works with many community stakeholders to sponsor the Ottawa River Cleanup. Partners include: the City of Lima, the Ottawa River Coalition, and Keep Allen County Beautiful. They work together to maintain this valuable natural resource, annually bringing together over 300 volunteers together from across the region on fourth Saturday in April. The Ottawa River bisects Allen County, beginning from the east and passing through the heart of the City of Lima. It proceeds southwest into Shawnee Township where it turns north, flowing into Putnam County. The Ottawa River drains 365 square miles in northwest Ohio, flowing into the Auglaize River at Kalida and eventually into Lake Erie via the Maumee River. Details about the 2017 Ottawa River Cleanup, are available on this 2017 Ottawa River Cleanup Fact Sheet. Volunteers must sign a "Volunteer Form" and those under the age of 18 need to have the same form signed by a parent or legal guardian. In addition, Ottawa River Cleanup Guidelines, including safety instructions, are available here.