HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. – The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Association and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking volunteers and sponsors to pitch in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 6 during the 45th Annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup.
Volunteers interested in assisting should check in between 7:30 a.m. and 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, Choctaw 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 the entrance of John F. Kennedy Park.
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 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.
A catfish lunch with all the trimmings and soft drinks will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. to the first 600 volunteers at Narrows Park. Entertainment during lunch at Narrows Park will include the Harding Choir, Jason Greenlaw and the Groove as well as a slip-n-slide, arena bounce-house, face painting, water safety booth with games, recycling booth with prizes, caricature drawings for the whole family, door prizes and more.
The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Association will hold a special dedication ceremony at the luncheon for the late Carl Garner, cleanup founder.
Trout Unlimited Chapter 722 will provide a luncheon for river cleanup volunteers at the John F. Kennedy Pavilion beginning at 11:30 am.
Cleanup sponsors encourage those who want to clean a favorite area to call in before Sept. 6. 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’s toll-free at 888-490-4357
Cleanup sponsors include: the Army Corps of Engineers, Greers Ferry Lake, Little Red River Association, Greers Ferry Lake National Fish Hatchery, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, Save Greers Ferry Lake, Trout Unlimited Chapter 722, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Arkansas, XTO Energy, KFFB 106.1 Radio, and Royal-Tees.
Special thanks to Chambers of Commerce in Augusta, Bald Knob, Beebe, Clinton, Fairfield Bay, Greers Ferry, Heber Springs, McCrory, and Searcy.
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