Published Aug. 30, 2013

The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Association and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking volunteers to pitch in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 during the 44th Annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. 

Volunteers interested in assisting should check in at 8 a.m. at any of the participating Greers Ferry Lake marinas:  Eden Isle Marina, Fairfield Bay Marina, Heber Springs Marina, Smith's Hill Creek Marina, Lacey's Narrows Marina and Peter's Sugar Loaf Marina.

If you prefer cleaning up the Little Red River the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery and Chapter 722 of Trout Unlimited will be checking in volunteers at 8 a.m. at John F. Kennedy Park.

Sponsors are asking those 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 around the lakeshore. 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.

Trout Unlimited will provide a hamburger and hot dog luncheon for cleanup volunteers at the John F. Kennedy Pavilion beginning at 11 a.m.  

A barbecue pork sandwich lunch with all the trimmings and soft drinks will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to the first 600 volunteers at Narrows Park where entertainment will be provided.

Cleanup sponsors encourage those who want to clean a favorite area to call in before Sept. 7. To sign up for lake areas call the Corps of Engineers at 501-362-2416. To sign up to clean around JFK Park, Collins Creek or the Fish Hatchery call the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery at 501-362-3615. For general information call the association toll-free at 888-490-4357.

Cleanup sponsors include:  the Army Corps of Engineers Greers Ferry Lake, Little Red River Association, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Arkansas, XTO Energy, Greers Ferry Lake National Fish Hatchery, Southwestern Energy, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, and Trout Unlimited.

Major contributors include: CenterPoint Energy, First Electric Cooperative, Save Greers Ferry Lake, KFFB 106.1 Radio and Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.

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

Recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.  

Contact: Gary Ivy

Release no. 13-064