Dec. 14 is the deadline for students in primary and secondary schools to design and submit a poster for the 24th River Sweep, the annual cleanup project for the Ohio River and its tributaries.
This year's River Sweep will be June 15.
Fifteen prizes will be awarded in this year's poster contest. The grand prize is $500, and the school representing the grand-prize winner also will receive an award. Thirteen $50 prizes will be awarded, one to a winner at each grade level.
The poster contest is open to students living in or attending schools in counties bordering the Ohio River, or counties participating in River Sweep. Participating West Virginia counties: Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Jackson, Marshall, Mason, Ohio, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel and Wood.
The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the water pollution control agency for the Ohio River and its tributaries, sponsors River Sweep. For more information about the contest call Jeanne Ison at 1-800-359-3977 or visit the commission's website at www.orsanco.org/.