Carroll County Kings River Cleanup Big Success!
On Saturday June 4th, 60 volunteers braved morning showers to participate in the 11th annual Kings River Carroll County cleanup sponored by the Kings River Watershed Partnership. It turned out to be the best one yet. The group hauled 116 more tires out of the river, bringing the 11 year total up to 1038! They also removed two pickup loads of rubbish, a pickup load of metal, another refrigerator, a chemical toilet and a 55 gallon drum of tar.
Thanks to private landowners who allowed access to the river on their property. Also thanks to Carroll County Solid Waste Authority, Boy Scout Troop 67 from Eureka Springs, and the generous local businesses who sponsored the event and donated door prizes.
This was the twenty-second overall river cleanup held by the Kings River Watershed Partnership.
|Barbara will be exploring the beautiful scenery along the Kings River in her very own 9.5' Perception Kayak, courtesy of Packrat Outdoor Center of Fayetteville, which has generously donated this watercraft for the winner of this year's raffle.
Raffle ticket purchases help to support the educational and scientific work of the Kings River Watershed Partnership. Ozark Mountain Trading Company in Rogers also donated a $100 gift certificate this year!
KRWP On The Radio
KRWP board member Lin Wellford was interviewed by Jaqueline Froelich on the "Ozarks At Large" program on radio station KUAF, 91.3 national public radio at U of A - Fayetteville. The interview covered KRWP's role as the first watershed group founded in the Arkansas Ozarks and it's 15-year history of work to educate, clean, and protect the remarkable resource we call the Kings River.
Earth Day Kings River Cleanup
The Kings River Watershed Partnership Madison County river cleanup on April 16th was a great success. Special thanks to the sixteen paddlers participating and a member of the partnership who allowed access to the river.
Also a big thanks to Kings River Outfitters for their help with shuttles and to the Madison County Recycling Center.
Two groups recovered a total of 81 tires, 500 pounds of metal, and a large pickup load of trash.
This was the twenty-first river cleanup held by the Kings River Watershed Partnership.
Report from this year's KRWP Annual Membership Meeting
Thirty seven people attended this year's annual meeting on March 31st at the Berryville Community Center. Ron Flake welcomed everyone, with the first order of business being the election of board member nominees. Mike Fitzpatrick conducted the election of the three nominees presented by the board: Ron Flake, Ray Warren, and Troy Cline. No other nominees were submitted by our members and votes were cast all in favor of the nominees, no one opposed.
Board Members present: Ron Flake, president; Troy Cline, Vice President ; Mike Fitzpatrick, treasurer; Glenda Allison, secretary; Lin Wellford, Ray Warren, Kyle Hunnicutt, and Gray Squires. Jack McCullough was unable to attend.
Our guest speaker was Tim Snell of The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Snell presented a very interesting program, giving background on TNC in our area and information about future projects they plan to do. His slideshow program showed in detail the restoration of a seriously eroded river bank at Mason Bend on the Kings River. Mr. Snell stressed the importance of the extraordinary resource waterway designation assigned to the Kings River. He made the point that we who live here, who use and love the river have to help to keep the Kings clean to keep this designation.
Ray Warren spoke about water quality and our testing program. He was happy to tell the group that the upper Kings has been taken off the ADEQ's 303d impaired water list. It had been listed for being too high in total dissolved solids (TDS). However the lower Kings remains on the impaired waters list. Mike Fitzpatrick provided an overview of the newspaper articles that KRWP has submitted this past year, which are archived on this website.
Lin reported on our group's participation in Fur Fest and ADEQ's Water Conference that was held in Eureka Springs. She also talked about ways to report changes or concerns noticed on the river. This can help with the stewardship we all share. Glenda Allison spoke about the watershed educational classes Shawna Miller has taught for us at both Eureka Springs and Berryville, middle and high schools. Shawna was unable to attend the meeting.
Thanks to all for contributing to a very informative annual meeting!