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

Kings River watershed, now and for future generations.

Cleaning Mill Creek

 

Kings River Watershed Partnership board members and friends recently undertook a clean up of Mill Creek, a small urban waterway that drains a major part of the city of Berryville and eventually flows into the Kings River. With the city restoring the original Town Spring behind the old Williams Gas Station building, the group decided it would be a good time to remove accumulated trash and debris. They started at the spring and worked their way down along the Community Center skate park. KRWP received a grant 10 years ago to re-engineer Mill Creek, which was heavily eroded and unsightly at the time. A series of stone weirs and drop pools helped to tame storm flows, and plantings of native trees and shrubs helped to protect the bank and naturalize the site. Local business man, Jimmy Jones. donated equipment, materials and labor that helped the project come together. Pictured are some of the participants along with their collected debris.

2020 River Cleanup Summary

 

River cleanup season for 2020 was a tough go. We faced COVID-19 shutdowns, reschedules, heavy rains and flooded creeks and river. In spite of the difficulties we did get some things accomplished. Two teams took part in the Earth Day challenge and worked sections of the upper Kings and the upper Osage.

 

For the Madison County cleanup on May 16th we had a  flooded Kings River but 5 paddlers showed up and were able to work 9 miles of lower dry Fork Creek and and a small section of the Kings River. On May 30th the Kings River was flooded again for the Carroll County cleanup. 27 people helped cleanup two sections of Osage Creek covering 13 miles. We took out 46 tires, about 1000 lbs. of metal and two pick-up loads of trash out of the watershed this year.

 

Congratulations to Ronnie Smith who won the kayak raffle this year.

 

Thank you to the folks who came out and put in a work day.

 

Also thank you to the folks at Grandview Rapids, Butch Hamby, Doc Taylor, Bill Hayes and Tom Rimmus for letting us use  their river access. We could not do it without your help.

 

Thank you to our sponsors for your hard work too. Madison County Recycling, Carroll County Solid Waste Authority, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Ozark Mountain Trading Co., Arkansas Game and Fish, Jacobs Engineering, Pizza Hut of Berryville and Tyson Foods Inc.

 

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

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

To learn more about future cleanups, contact

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

P.O. Box 961 | Berryville, AR 72616 | Phone: 870-480-8897 | Email: KRWP@kingsriverwatershed.org

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