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North Little Rock | Council advised Keep Arkansas Beautiful Cleanup set for Sept. 6

The North Little Rock City Council on Monday was advised that the third annual Great Arkansas River Cleanup is set to take place on Sept. 6.

Randy Naylor, president of Keep North Little Rock Beautiful, said it is important to get information out to the public about the cleanup.

Help us spread the word about the 3rd Annual Great Arkansas River Clean-up,” Naylor said. “Together we can Keep North Little Rock beautiful.”

Naylor said volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Riverside RV Park Pavilion on the North Little Rock side of the river for a light breakfast and will clean starting at 8:30 until 11 a.m.

“This is a great opportunity to give back to your community, improve the local environment and help keep our river clean,” Naylor said.

In central Arkansas, North Little Rock and Little Rock will be joining forces to clean up the bank of the Arkansas River as it passes between the two cities.

“We welcome groups and individuals, boaters, bass fishermen, cyclists, hikers and all others who enjoy the river and its shores,” Naylor said.

Keep North Little Rock Beautiful will provide supplies such as gloves, trash bags, and trash grabbers. All volunteers will receive T-shirts.

There will be three staging locations in North Little Rock, which include the main location at the RV park, Cook’s Landing at the foot of the Big Dam Bridge, and the boat ramp at Burns Park.

For more information, people can email knlrb@aol.com or visiting the organization’s Facebook page at facebook.com/KNLRB.

Each fall, thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks and public areas during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the statewide community-improvement campaign.

Communities large and small show their commitment to the Great Arkansas Cleanup campaign by recruiting volunteers of all ages and taking on a variety of community clean up and environmental-improvement projects.

In the 2013 Great Arkansas Cleanup, over 24,000 Arkansans were involved in more than 130 events. Through their efforts, litter was picked up from 729 miles of roadway, 4,279 parks and public areas, and 588 miles of shoreline; and 56 illegal dumps were closed.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation Board of Directors for many years.

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