Ouachita River Sweep begins Sept. 12

ARKADELPHIA, AR (AGFC) - Keeping The Natural State natural is one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's creeds. The Arkansas Stream Team, a program of the AGFC's Fisheries Division, is sponsoring the Ouachita River Sweep to clean up the southern Arkansas river.

The 2009 Ouachita River Sweep is an effort to clean and beautify the Ouachita River. The event will provide an opportunity to bring together the communities surrounding Malvern, Arkadelphia, Camden, Moro Bay, Crossett and El Dorado. AGFC personnel and volunteers from sponsoring partners will be on hand to help clean and beautify the Ouachita River watershed. The clean-up is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Volunteers are encouraged to join at any of the five clean-up locations. The areas are located at the Grigsby Ford Access at Malvern, Highway 7 Ouachita River Park Access in Arkadelphia, Sandy Beach Park Access at Camden, Moro Bay State Park and Crossett Harbor. T-shirts and a free lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

The event is being hosted in partnership with the Ouachita River Valley Association, Ouachita River Commission, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Felsenthal, Ouachita Conservation District, Save the Ouachita and the cities of Malvern, Arkadelphia, Camden, Moro Bay and Crossett.

Please come and spend a day on the Ouachita River with family, friends and neighbors pitching in to help keep Arkansas clean and green. Bring a boat, canoe or just your shoes, litter bags will be supplied. For more information contact Andy Turner, Stream Team Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at(501) 539-0903.