Annual Water Sweep to be held September 19

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Ouachita Green and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold the Annual Water Sweep on Saturday, September 19.

Water Sweep is an award-winning program that brings volunteers together to clean area waterways. The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.  Cleanup sites will be established throughout the community with cleanup supplies, T-shirts and bottled water available for volunteers.

Cleanup sites will be set up in the following locations:  Sterlington Recreation Area, Lazarre Park, Moon Lake Recreation Area, Bawcomville Recreation Area, Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, ULM/Bayou Desiard and the Forsythe Boat Ramp.

Volunteers are needed both on foot and on boat.  Last year, approximately 9,600 pounds of trash were collected and removed from area waterways.  During previous Water Sweep events, items that were removed from area waterways included tires, furniture and a variety of household items and trash.

“We need to do our very best to keep materials out of our river because it’s something that connects us all,” said Ouachita Parish Code Enforcement Director Wayne Heckford.

Volunteers are encouraged to register early through www.watersweep.org. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register by September 6 through the Water Sweep web site.  Participants may sign up during the morning of the event at any staging area in Ouachita Parish.

Ouachita Green is a nonprofit organization made up of three affiliates of Keep Louisiana Beautiful – Keep Monroe, Keep Ouachita Parish and Keep West Monroe Beautiful.

For more information about Water Sweep or to register, please call the City of West Monroe Community Development Office at (318) 323-5700 or visit www.watersweep.org.

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