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Kokosing River Rally set for Sept. 15

• Aug 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM

MT. VERNON — Area residents can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ohio Scenic Rivers Program by cleaning up the Kokosing State Scenic River.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Parks and Watercraft and Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention, the Kokosing River Rally will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the C.A.&C Depot. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are asked to join more than 20 local organizations and businesses to participate in this annual river clean-up which begins with a short opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Following the opening, volunteers will head out, by land and by water, to pick up trash along the shoreline and from the water in canoes.

“The Kokosing State Scenic River is important to this community,” said Randy Canterbury, program coordinator for Knox County Recycling & Litter Prevention. “The number of people and organizations who are involved in the clean-up reflects their commitment.”

Fifty years ago, Ohio pioneered the river conservation movement when it passed the nation’s first Scenic River Act in February 1968. There are now 14 designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers in Ohio. Designated in 1997, the Kokosing was the 11th river to be added to the system.

Ohio’s state scenic rivers represent a select group of the state’s highest quality streams. Most are home to rare or endangered species and an exceptional diversity of fish and other animals. With outstanding water quality, an abundance of aquatic life and naturally wooded corridors, it’s not coincidence that they are also recreational gems.

Less than a decade after the designation of the Kokosing, the region has become host to new trail systems and a growing number of strong conservation organizations like the Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College and two land conservancies, Philander Chase and Owl Creek.

“Wide-ranging local interest and collaboration has been key to preserving this community asset,” said Bob Gable, Ohio Scenic Rivers program manager. “It’s wonderful to see the community take pride in this beautiful river and assist in protecting its natural value as a recreational destination.”

To pre-register for the event or more information, email [email protected] To learn more about the Ohio Scenic Rivers Program, visit watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.

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