Keep North Little Rock Beautiful, Keep Little Rock Beautiful and Keep Sherwood Beautiful - all certified local affiliates of Keep America Beautiful - will collaborate to host the project.
"These three organizations share a concern for protecting the Arkansas River's ecosystem and natural beauty," said Randy Naylor, chairman of Keep North Little Rock Beautiful. "We encourage our friends and neighbors to help us remove litter from the river's shorelines."
Volunteers will meet at the Downtown Riverside RV Park in North Little Rock at 8:30 a.m. The event ends at 10:30 a.m. with a small celebration. Central Arkansas residents are encouraged to sign up in advance through the Keep North Little Rock Beautiful Facebook page (click here). Volunteers may also register on-site the day of the event.
"While the cleanup is currently limited to Little Rock and North Little Rock, we hope that it will eventually turn into a full-blown cleanup of the entire Arkansas River," Naylor said. "The river is a source of pride to Arkansas and should be kept clean for the enjoyment of area residents and visitors."
The river cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup and the International Coastal Cleanup. The Great Arkansas Cleanup is an annual fall statewide litter pickup effort organized and sponsored by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Other local sponsors of the river cleanup include the City of North Little Rock, the North Little Rock Visitors Bureau and Davis Rubber.
About the Great Arkansas Cleanup
The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continues his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is advised by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by utilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of $6.02 in community service for each program dollar spent.
Ten organizations around Arkansas are certified local affiliates of Keep America Beautiful:
- Hot Springs/Garland County Beautification Commission
- Keep Faulkner County Beautiful
- Keep Jacksonville Beautiful
- Keep Little Rock Beautiful
- Keep Newport Beautiful
- Keep North Little Rock Beautiful
- Keep Ozark Beautiful
- Keep Sherwood Beautiful
- Keep Van Buren Beautiful
- Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful