The Ouachita River is one of the defining natural characteristics of our area. All too often its scenic banks can be seen choked with litter. Ouachita Green hosts a Water Sweep on Saturday, September 10, to deal with this problem.
Volunteers will meet at one of many staging site scattered along the river between the hours of 9 a.m and 12 p.m. Participants are welcomed to bring their boats, however, Coordinator Stuart Hodnett says that there is plenty that can be done by foot as well.
"There are plenty of areas you can pick up along the levee or the river. They are very accessible especially within the City of Monroe and the City of West Monroe," says Hodnett.
Ouachita Green will provide trash bags, safety vest, and grabbers to anyone volunteering. All participants are asked to do is be sure to wear appropriate clothing to handle the wet conditions safely, and bring plenty of bug spray.
Staging locations are:
- Sterlington Recreational Area
- Moon Lake Recreational Area
- Forsythe Park
- Lazarre Park
- Bawcomville Recreational Area
Volunteers are also asked to register at watersweep.org.