ADEQ, Organizations partner for Arkansas River cleanup
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is teaming up with two local Keep Arkansas Beautiful chapters to clean up a stretch of the Arkansas River on Oct. 5.
Volunteers are needed for the Second Annual Great Arkansas River Cleanup, which is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful.
ADEQ, Keep North Little Rock Beautiful (KNLRB) and Keep Little Rock Beautiful (KLRB) will join other groups and organizations in an effort to pick up litter from the banks and trail areas of the Arkansas River.
“Our focus will be on the riverbank areas, trails, boat ramps, and parking lots along the river,” said Raven Lawson, ADEQ’s watershed education coordinator. “Much of the trash that is on our trail system and in parking lots and roadways eventually is either blown by the wind or washed by rain into the river and the streams that feed it, so our goal is to prevent that trash from getting into the river in the first place.”
Randy Naylor, of Keep North Little Rock Beautiful, said, “We welcome groups and individuals, boaters, bass fisherman, cyclists, hikers and all others who enjoy the river and its shores to help in our effort.”
The central Arkansas area will have three registration/check-in locations although RSVPs are appreciated. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the cleanup will last from 8:30- 11 a.m.
The three check-in locations are:
· Keep Little Rock Beautiful will host a location at Murray Park near the boat ramp (first entrance where the dog park and soccer fields are located). For more information or to register yourself or a group at this location, please contact KLRB at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-224-9419.
· Keep North Little Rock Beautiful will host a location at the Riverside RV Park pavilion on the north side of the river. For more information or to register yourself or a group at this location, please contact KNLRB at email@example.com or visit their Facebook page and register under the River Cleanup tab.
· ADEQ will host a location at Cooks Landing Park pavilion at the base of the Big Dam Bridge north of the river. For more information or to RSVP yourself or group at this location, please contact Raven Lawson at Lawson@adeq.state.ar.us or 501-682-0022.
Supplies such as gloves, trash bags, and pickup sticks will be provided, and volunteers will receive T-shirts (while supplies last).
This year’s local cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.
The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. Keep Arkansas Beautiful organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor.
For more information about Keep Arkansas Beautiful, visit www.keeparkansasbeautiful.com.