June 4, 2016 River Cleanup-Biggest One Yet!
|One of the river cleanup volunteer teams.||116 tires removed from the river!|
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. Participants divided up into five groups and picked up trash and debris from Rock House Access to the Romp Hole Access near the Missouri state line -- 38.5 miles in total. The group hauled 116 more tires out of the river, bringing the 11 year total up to 1,038! 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.
Thirty four businesses and organizations from Carroll County and Northwest Arkansas generously supported this year's river cleanup. Please support them and say thanks the next time you visit them!
|Carroll County Solid Waste Authority||Kings River Outfitters|
|Pack Rat Outdoor Center||Ozark Mountain Trading Co|
|Turner Bend Store||Byrd's Outdoor Adventure|
|Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging||Buffalo River Canoes|
|Riverview Resort and Country Store||Crockett's Store and Canoe Rental|
|The Beaver Dam Store||The Gilbert General Store|
|Arkansas Game and Fish Commission||Blue Mountain Bakery and Deli|
|Ozark Cafe||Horseshoe Grill|
|Old Mexico||Las Playitas|
|Good Times Pizza||Main Street Theater|
|KFC||Country Rooster, Green Forest|
|Nelson Leather||It's A Small World|
|Christopher's||The Jewel Box|
|Granny's Place||Crescent Moon Beads|
|Gazebo Books||Wild Blue Yonder|
Madison County Spring 2016 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.
KRWP River Cleanup - June 2015 - Osage Creek
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, fifteen dedicated river cleaners turned up for the annual Carroll County portion of the Kings River Clean up, which had been postponed from the previous week due to high water. Longtime organizer Ray Warren made the call that the Kings was still flowing too fast to make it feasible to see or collect tires and difficult even for trash collecting, so instead, it was decided that the group would tackle a stretch of Osage Creek that feeds into the Kings and can be a source of some of the debris that makes its way into the larger river.
Butch Hanby permitted the 'Armada' participants to launch from his farm access. The group covered 11 miles, all the way to the confluence with the Kings River at the Hwy. 62 bridge. There was not as much recent-looking debris, a cause for celebration. However, heavy rains had sent a number of plastic feed bins into the creek, and there were several places where it appeared that people might be disposing of articles by pushing them over bluffs to land along the banks.
Several shattered TVs were found, along with a notebook computer, washing machine elements, battered aluminum cans, and many plastic bags. It was a long day of paddling and trash collecting, but the end result was a trailer so packed with tires, metal and plastic bins that the sacks of loose trash were consigned to the bed of a pickup truck.
At the cook out following the clean up, the group enjoyed live music and BBQ, and door prizes donated by area merchants. Gail Deweese won the kayak that was raffled off. Many thanks to all who came to take part in this 10th year of annual clean-ups, and to the members and merchants who also support the Kings River Watershed Partnership in monitoring and protecting this valuable shared resource.
A big thank you to all of participants and the thirty one area sponsors for this event!
10th Annual Madison County Kings River Cleanup
On April 18, 2015, a small but dedicated band braved high water and rain to spend the day digging up tires, collecting debris, including a toilet, child's bike, a battered road sign, the drum from a cement mixer, corrugated metal panels, plastic tubing and several giant wads of baling twine in a rainbow of colors, and much more. They thank Jack McCullough for allowing them to park the trash trailer on his property, and to Madison County Solid Waste for taking the material for proper disposal.
A big thank you to the residents of Madison County. Each year the river is getting less trash and debris!
Carroll County River Cleanup - May 31, 2014
The Carroll County portion of the yearly Kings River Cleanup went off without a hitch. Nearly four dozen participants divided up into five groups and picked up trash and debris from Rock House Access to the Romp Hole Access near the Missouri state line -- 38 miles in total. Over all, less trash was collected than in previous years, indicating that people are beginning to recognize the importance of caring for this fabulous resource.
A large number of tires were collected however. Landowners sometimes use old tires to try and prevent or reduce erosion. During hard rains or flooding, these tires are washed into the river and along the shoreline. Between the two annual clean up efforts, a total of 121 tires were removed. This is only a few tires short of a record. Afterwards, the participants were treated to a picnic meal. music and door prizes generously donated by a number of sponsors, The kayak drawing was also held, and the winner was Nathan Bolerjack of Berryville.
A big THANK YOU to all who came out to help keep this river beautiful! Thank you for the continued help of the Carroll County Waste Authority and the Bluegrass Band, Southern Zephyr.
Special thanks to Scout Troop 67 lead by Scoutmaster Bruce Bieske, as well as to the local landowners who allowed us to store trash on their property until we could return to haul it off.
On the left: Cleanup crew at Stoney Point with their stash of trash! On the right: tractor tire extraction in progress.
Thirty one businesses and organizations from Carroll County and Northwest Arkansas generously supported this year's river cleanup.