Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission

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Pete Rightmire / WVXU

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is considering a new plan on water quality for the Ohio River. A previous plan, issued last year, would have reduced ORSANCO's oversight and allowed states to regulate discharges into the river.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is considering a new plan on water quality for the Ohio River, which is not as drastic as the first. Initially, the group had proposed eliminating pollution control standards and instead rely entirely on states to regulate discharges into the river.

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Provided/WAVE Foundation

The WAVE Foundation is an independent non-profit organization working in partnership with the Newport Aquarium. The mission of WAVE (Welfare of Aquatic Animals through Advocacy Volunteerism and Education) is to excite, engage and educate our community about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conservation.   

Sarah Ramsey

Enforcement of new mercury standards for industrial and wastewater treatment plants along the Ohio River may be delayed and that has environmental groups concerned.

Documents show there are dozens of companies and municipalities with mercury monitoring requirements that dump into the Ohio River.

Mercury levels based on Great Lakes

Jeanne Ison / ORSANCO

HollNearly a quarter century after it began, the massive cleanup effort along the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries still draws tens of thousands of volunteers.  They'll be combing more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, picking up trash and debris for River Sweep on June 15. 

Jeanne Ison with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the sponsoring organization for River Sweep, said the event has been very effective since its inception.