Ozark Riverways Hosting River Clean-Up March 31 and April 1

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Date: February 27, 2017
Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814

VAN BUREN, MO:  Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting a river cleanup effort on March 31 and April 1 with the Ozark Heritage Project. Come join us as we launch the next 100 years of the National Park Service by cleaning up along the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. Staff from Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Ozark Heritage Project, park concessioners, local chambers of commerce, area schools, youth groups, and volunteers will band together to tackle litter in the rivers and along the roads and accesses of the park.  

The river clean-up is scheduled for March 31st & April 1st, with rain dates of April 7th & 8th. You can register ahead of time or from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day at the following sites: Watercress Landing in Van Buren, Alley Spring river landing, Round Spring lower river landing, Two Rivers landing and Akers Ferry upper river landing. The staff at the registration sites will provide trash bags and river bags for your convenience. Dumpsters and recycling trailers will also be available for trash disposal throughout the park. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the activity.  

The Ozark Heritage Project is sponsoring a Saturday evening meal and musical entertainment for all participants beginning at 5 p.m. at the Alley Spring Pavilion at Alley Spring. The talented Friends Pickin’ bluegrass group from Ellington will be the featured performers. It will be a good time to enjoy friends, good music and lend a hand in cleaning up our rivers.  

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is committed to preserving the beautiful resources of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. We are excited for the opportunity to unite with local communities in stewardship.

For more information call Cathy Runge at 573-323-4806 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar  or contact Rick Mansfield, of Ozark Heritage Project at 573-663-2269 or emansfield2004@yahoo.com.   

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.


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Last updated: February 28, 2017

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