...to protect the health, purity, and economic viability of the

Kings River watershed, now and for future generations.

The 2020 River Cleanup Season Begins!

 

2020 river cleanup dates: Madison county cleanup will be May 16 at 8am. Meet us at Rockhouse Landing  with your boat and a sack lunch. Our Carroll county cleanup is still scheduled for May 30, Meet us at 8am at the Grandview bridge with your boat and a sack lunch.

 

As in all of our cleanups, we provide trash bags and shuttles. Because of Covid-19,  this river cleanup will be different than most. If you have questions please contact Ray Warren at 870-654-4134.

 

If we have rain on cleanup day we will still try to have a cleanup if possible. If the river is too high to paddle for the Madison county cleanup it will be canceled. If we have high water for the Carroll county cleanup we will try to cleanup a section of Osage creek. If the water is too high to be on the Osage that day we will reschedule that cleanup  for June 6th.

 

Earth Day Cleanup: A small group floated from Marble to Marshall Ford on the Kings River and were delighted at how little trash there was to pick up! Pictured are Kira Kupfersberger, Lin Wellford, Glenda Allison and Dannelle Tomarchio representing the group.

 

Meeting canceled! Because of what's going on with the virus, the community room has decided to close for the duration. The meeting will be set as soon as we know that the room will be available for use again.

 

As part of the yearly meeting, three board members are up for re-election, including Kyle Hunnicutt, T.J. "Jack" McCullough and Aaron Thompson, appointed to take the place of Mike Fitzpatrick who recently returned to the UK and is greatly missed.

 

Students from Clear Spring School will give a presentation on their River Studies, a comprehensive curriculum that was co-funded with grants from The Nature Conservancy and KRWP. The course offered hands-on activities including a bug kick to identify invertebrates that can indicate the health of waterways, and water testing sampling to look for potential pollutants or changes in water quality.

 

John Chapman with The Nature Conservancy will update the attendees on progress made at restoring the natural creek bed of a tributary to the Kings River at Rock House. The site was identified as a major source of sedimentation as large amounts of gravel were washing into the river at that site. He will show slides that detail the work done so far.

 

Ray Warren will detail plans for two river clean up efforts, including a Madison County clean-up for hard core paddlers who don't mind chilly water, set for April 18th, and the Carrroll County effort set for early May. He will have this year's raffle kayak, a very fine fishing kayak (pictured below).

 

We will discuss water quality on the Kings River as well as our 2020 river cleanup plans. The new fishing kayak will be there. You can purchase tickets there, or at one of the cleanups or drop by Eye Q Optical in the Williams Center in Berryville.

 

Our Carroll County cleanup will be held Saturday May 30th at 8:00am sharp. Meet us at the Grandview bridge on Hwy 143 North. Bring your boat and a sack lunch and dress for the weather. After the cleanup stay for the cookout and live music. We will also have door prizes and the kayak raffle.

 

This year our kayak offering is a fishing kayak, a step up from the recreational kayaks of past years. The 11.5 Stingray by Native Watercraft is a roomier more comfortable boat with more load capacity. Thank you to the folks at Pack Rat Outdoor Center for their help over the years.

 

For more information on our river cleanups call Ray at 870 654 4134 or email rayandkarenwarren@gmail.com

Thank you to all who made the 2019 river cleanup possible!

 

Thank you to the folks at Grandview Rapids for opening their gates for our cleanup. An, as always, thank you to private landowners  who allow us access to the river. Without your help our work would be much harder. Thank you to BSA troop 67 of Eureka Springs for making Kings River cleanup one of their service projects.

 

The 2019 river cleanup season was a tough for us. The water was high and the river was stained from recent rains. This is good news for floaters but makes a river cleanup hard. On our June cleanup in Carroll county,  we had 40 boats on the water. We took out 74 tires, 2 pickup loads of trash, and a pickup load of metal. This is the second year in a row that we did not get a portable toilet off the river.

 

On our first cleanup in 2006, we had about 18 people on the water. We put in at the 62 bridge and went to the Grandview bridge. We got 50 tires and a washing machine off of 5 miles of river.

 

Our cleanups have grown over the years. Now we are able to clean up from Rockhouse to Romp Hole and we have 40 -70 people participate.  We have taken over 1400 tires from the river, tons or trash and metal. Appliances like TVs, washing machines and lead acid batteries are becoming things of the past. Thanks to everyone who has helped over the years to make the Kings river one of the finest rivers in Arkansas!

 

You can help keep the river clean year round. When you are on the river for fishing, swimming or boating, it is easy to take  a trash bag. If you find a tire, you can turn it in at Carroll County Solid Waste and tell them that it came off the river and they won't charge you. If you don't get the tire turned in, put a hole in it so that it doesn't hold water and bring it to our next cleanup.

 

Kings River has five game and fish accesses and none of them have a trash receptacle. The official policy is "pack it in, pack it out." If you are using the river please make it a habit to take more trash off the river than you brought, good boaters always do.

 

Thanks to Carroll County Solid Waste Authority and Madison County Recycling Center for working with us over the years.  Please remember trash disposal is not free, these people have done a great job finding the funding to help us.

 

If you would like more info go to www.carrollcountysolidwaste.com or check out Madison county recycling center on Facebook.

 

I am looking forward to next year's cleanup season. 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As a child of the 60's and 70's, this will be a milestone for me personally. We hope you can join us on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Meet us at the game and fish access west of Marble.

~by Ray Warren

To learn more about future cleanups, contact

Thank you to our sponsors:

 

Ozark Mountain Trading Company

Packrat Outdoors

Uncle Sam's Safari Outfitter

Lewis and Clark Outfitter

Beaver Lake Liquor

Jacob's Engineering

Tyson Foods Inc

Trigger Gap Outfitters

Kings River Outfitters

Sundown Liquor

KFC of Berryville

Berryville Pizza Hut

 

Clay Maxey Ford

Ozark Cafe

Turner Bend Store

Carroll County Solid Waste Authority

Lost Valley Canoes and Lodging

 Buffalo Outdoor Center

Arkansas Game and Fish

Granny’s Place

Gazebo Books

Wild Blue Yonder

Fain’s Herbacy

Crescent Moon Beads

The 2019 Madison County cleanup was a success despite  a chilly  start and high water.  13 paddlers were present and we were able to remove 24 car tires,  a large loader tire a half pickup load of trash, a half of a canoe and one hog's skull.

 

Thanks to Kings River Outfitters for the shuttle and to all the paddlers.  Special thanks to Tom and Cindy Rimkus for helping with pictures and shuttles and allowing us to use their property as access.  It is important for us to remember that private land owners are the biggest part of our watershed and without their help, river cleanups would be very difficult.

2019 Madison County Cleanup

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KRWP On The Radio

KRWP board member Lin Wellford was interviewed by Jaqueline Froelich on the "Ozarks At Large" program on radio station KUAF, 91.3 national public radio at U of A, Fayetteville. The interview covered KRWP's role as the first watershed group founded in the Arkansas Ozarks and it's 15-year history of work to educate, clean, and protect the remarkable resource we call the Kings River.

 

Left: KRWP Member Lin Wellford. Photo by: J. Froelich KUAF

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