Despite Pandemic, Local Leaders Pay Tribute to Earth Week With River Cleanup

By: Jeff Gambrell- Butler County Connect

Citizens cleaning the banks of the Great Miami River
River Cleanup day. Photo credit Jeff Gambrell
HAMILTON – With uncertain weather conditions in the forecast, rain held off Saturday
morning offering sunny skies and warm temperatures for six area residents determined
to make a difference in their community.

Covid-19 Social Distancing Observed

As thousands of projects around the world were either rescheduled for a later date or canceled altogether due to Covid-19, it became unclear whether Hamilton would have any formal event paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. However, a small group of community leaders felt it was possible to recognize the occasion while still following the state’s proposed guidelines for social distancing.

Great Miami River Clean Up

Among participants were City Council Members Carla Fiehrer and Michael Ryan. “I’m
glad we did this”, noted Fiehrer. It’s great to see everyone that was out today using the
bike path…everyone was thanking us for what we did”.
“We were doing our part to keep our community clean while upholding our Earth Day
obligations”, replied Ryan. “What we do here affects everyone, so doing your part in
your local community makes a bigger impact on the worldwide level”.
Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States on April 22nd, 1970 as a nationwide
environmental teach-in by then-Senator Gaylord Nelson. It was later expanded to the
international level in 1990 with more than 193 countries presently organizing annual
events. Council Member Fiehrer expressed the take-away from today’s event was,
“there’s nothing that keeps us from grabbing a bag and doing this every day”.


Butler County 2019 Earth Day events in Butler County and beyond open to locals