West Fork Watershed Clean-Up
Help us pick up trash on the river and keep our drinking water clean. It’s easy! Just join the fun at the 9th Annual West Fork Watershed Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at West Fork Riverside Park, located off state Hwy. 170 in quaint downtown West Fork, Ark. Volunteers will check in and fan out to stations along the river and clean up targeted areas. Lunch and door prizes begin at noon. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. All volunteers will complete registration forms. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 479-274-8903 to pre-register. Participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to cleanup locations, gloves, and reusable water bottles filled with chilled tap water. This is a great activity for families, church groups, scout groups, civic clubs, students, and people of all ages.
The purpose is to keep the West Fork and its watershed clean, since this tributary flows to Beaver Lake, drinking water for more than 400,000 people!
Cleanup sites likely will include Riverside Park, Baptist Ford, Dye Creek Road, Woolsey Bridge, Brentwood Mountain Road, Winslow Ballpark, Greenland School, Town Branch and Walker Park.
The annual cleanup is being coordinated by Beaver Watershed Alliance and West Fork Watershed Alliance. Past sponsors and partners include Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arvest Bank, Beaver Water District, City of West Fork, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Tyson Foods, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Washington County Environmental Affairs, the Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Audubon Arkansas, Ozark Natural Foods, Ozarks Water Watch, Arkansas Earth Day, the Bank of Fayetteville, and Northwest Arkansas Land Trust.