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Posted 9/6/2017

Release no. 17-159


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Laurie Driver
501-324-5551

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. – The Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Tourism Association along with Army Corps of Engineers personnel are seeking volunteers and sponsors to pitch in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 9 during the 48th Annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup.

Volunteers are asked to register online at visitgreersferrylake.org/cleanup, or call the Corps of Engineers at 501-362-2416.

Cleanup day check in will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. at any of the participating Greers Ferry Lake area Marinas:  Eden Isle Marina, Fairfield Bay Marina, Heber Springs Marina, Smith's Hill Creek Marina, Lacey's Narrows Marina, Fergusons Choctaw Marina, Peter's Sugar Loaf Marina, Lindsey’s Resort, John F. Kennedy and Dam Site camping gatehouses.

If you prefer to clean up around JFK Park, Collins Creek or the fish hatchery, call the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery at 501-362-3615.  If you prefer cleaning up the Little Red River, Chapter 722 of Trout Unlimited and the Red River Foundation will be checking in volunteers at 8 a.m. at the JFK gatehouse.

Sponsors are asking volunteers with boats to bring them to transport their own families and friends or to help with transportation for volunteers who do not have boats.

Boat owners will not have to use their boats to transport the recovered trash.  The Corps has made arrangements for contractors to pick up trash left by the volunteers along the shoreline.  To facilitate the contractor pick-up, volunteers should leave the bagged trash in conspicuous locations around the shoreline for later pick-up.  Trash bags for shoreline litter will be furnished to all participants at the check-in stations.

 For lake area questions call the Corps of Engineers at 501-362-2416. For general information call the association toll-free at 844-939-7567, press 0.

A special dedication ceremony and celebratory lunch will be held in memory of the late Carl Garner, the cleanup founder, at Narrows Park in Greers Ferry, Ark. There will be a barbecue lunch with all the fixings and old fashion lemonade from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to the first 400 volunteers and hot dogs for kids.

Entertainment during lunch will include Resonating Grace Bluegrass Gospel Band, an up and coming Arkansas favorite. The Harding Choir will perform during the opening ceremony.

 Cleanup sponsors include:  Greers Ferry Lake & Little Red River Association, Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Greers Ferry Lake National Fish Hatchery, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, Save Greers Ferry Lake, Brawley Real Estate, Crye-Leike Real Estate, Donham Realty, City of Greers Ferry, Fairfield Bay Community Club, Lacey’s Narrows Marina, Trout Unlimited Chapter 722, Red River Foundation, Justin’s Towing,  Arkansas National Guard, KFFB 106.1 Radio, QWK 101, Greers Ferry and Heber Springs High School Family and Consumer Sciences departments, Heber Springs  and Clinton High School athletic departments.

Special thanks to area marinas, and the Chambers of Commerce in Augusta, Bald Knob, Beebe, Clinton, Fairfield Bay, Greers Ferry, Heber Springs, McCrory, and Searcy.