People Doing What’s Right & What’s Rad on the Water: Ohio River Clean Up

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Clif Bar recently teamed up with a host of other companies to spearhead a massive clean up of the Ohio River, documented by one of Standup Journal’s leading photographers, Ryan Struck.

Check out this one-minute video to get your pulse rate up and inspiration flowing by like-minded folks who love the water!

Celebrating Heroes Standing Up for our Natural Environment

Our vision at Standup Journal is to celebrate those people and brands doing their best & putting forth concerted effort to preserve and protect our natural water habitats.  We are devastated to hear about the conditions on the Ohio River, but heartened beyond belief by this collaborative effort between major companies determined to make a difference.  Bravo, Clif Bar & all involved!

Clif Bar The Good Circle Ohio River Clean Up
The Good Circle crew including Clif Bar team and Ryan Struck, documenteur, participated in a 2-week clean up on the Ohio River

56,088 Pounds of Trash hauled out of 1.5 mile stretch of Ohio River

The Ohio River is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. As a part of Good Company’s volunteer program thirty-five employees from volunteered with Living Lands & Waters to clean up 1.5 miles of the Ohio River.

Thousands of single-use plastic bottles. Hundreds of car and truck tires. Countless pieces of Styrofoam. Soccer balls and basketballs. Plastic toys. Barge line. 55-gallon drums. Oil cans. Scrap metal. Bedframes. Televisions. Two bowling balls and a hot tub. All told, 56,088 pounds of trash.

That was the haul by the volunteers of In Good Company, a conglomeration of brands & volunteers, who combed the banks of the Ohio River for over two weeks in mid-October 2018.  These modern day heroic volunteers had signed up to full their large compostable trash bags and  load up participating river barges with the the fallout of modern society— thousands of pounds of human garbage.

What the In Good Company team found was astronomical in terms of levels of garbage and debris. 1,061 bags of garbage, 4,191 pounds of random plastic, 279 tires, 1,950 pounds of boats, 2 refrigerators and an accumulated 56,088 pounds of waste.

Thanks for documenting the journey, Ryan Struck. To learn more about this incredibly talented artist/videographer & photographer, check out:  https://ryanstruck.com/

For additional stories about inspiring clean ups, click here:    https://standupjournal.com/articles/first-waves-conservation-and-standup-paddling/

Other companies to lend a hand included Seventh Generation, Smartwool, Eileen Fischer, Alter Eco, American Licorice Co, Annie’s, Applegate, Effect, FST Logistics, QBP, State Logistics, Timberland, United Natural Foods and more.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.