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130 West North Street
Lima, Ohio 45801-4311
Phone: (419) 228-1836
Fax: (419) 228-3891

Ottawa River Cleanup

The Ottawa River Cleanup is a great success every year.  In 2019, over 200 volunteers removed debris from the river banks on September 7th.  Due to rainy spring weather and a swollen river, the Cleanup was postponed and ultimately held on Saturday, September 7.  Thanks to all the volunteer effort - 4-H, scouts, schools, environmental groups, service clubs, local industry. . . . the event although delayed was successful   Let's make next year another huge success on April 25, 2020!

Every spring, 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, usually bringing together over 400 volunteers 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.  The Ottawa River Cleanup Fact Sheet is available here. 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. 


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