2017 Water Sweep

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Have you ever been stopped in traffic on the Lea Joiner bridge and just rested your eyes by watching the river flow downstream?  We don’t always appreciate how lucky we are to live in a community with beautiful waterways nearby. That’s one reason why volunteers are needed to keep our river beautiful.

Whether you are a fisherman, skier, swimmer, houseboat owner or just enjoy looking and walking along the banks, the river is important to everyone. Please join the local Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliates on September 9th from 9am till 12pm for our Water Sweep event. This is a family friendly event, even if you don’t have a boat. It’s a great opportunity to teach your children about giving back to the community. Teenagers always love being on the water and don’t seem to mind being dirty and wet.

There will be locations throughout Ouachita Parish where you can register and receive materials needed to pick up litter. They are near the boat launch areas near Forsythe, Lazarre Point, Moon Lake, Bawcomville Rec, Black Bayou Lake NWR, Darbonne NWR, ULM/Bayou Desaird and Sterlington recreational areas. These sites are the locations where all of the litter will be brought, hauled up the ramp and deposited in a dumpster for proper disposal.

We do need people with boats.  It’s a dirty job and some people with nice boats pull a flat bottom fishing boat behind to put all the nasty, muddy stuff in. The flat bottom fishing boats seem to work best for this event because you have to get in some tight places to get trash out. There will be a limited amount of canoes available for participants volunteering at Black Bayou Lake NWR. If you would like to reserve a canoe, please contact Nova Clarke at nova_clarke@fws.gov

With every outing you must consider the safety aspects. All boaters must have lifejackets.   Children must be accompanied by an adult. Avoid overexertion and heat related problems by drinking water and taking breaks.

Do not handle hazardous materials such as car batteries, petroleum products, heavy or unwieldy objects, dead animals, broken glass, needles and drug paraphernalia. 

Dress for the weather and the job you will be doing. Wear sunscreen and bring gloves.

This is always a fun event. Please pre-register in order to be eligible for a T-shirt (while supplies last). It’s an eye opener to see what will arrive at the collection sites and your help is very important.