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Posted 9/12/2013

Release no. 13-102


Contact
Kavanaugh Breazeale
601-631-5052
kavanaugh.breazeale@usace.army.mil

Vicksburg, Miss…DeGray Lake will host The Great Arkansas Cleanup in recognition of National Public Lands Day 21 September 2013. Registration will be at the Spillway Area at DeGray Lake beginning at

8:00 a.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District and the Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful committee wants all citizens to understand the importance of keeping America beautiful and instilling life-long habits of not littering and recycling. 

Scout groups, schools, employee groups, fishing and scuba clubs, church groups and anyone who cares about public lands are invited to participate with this cleanup. The cleanup will begin immediately following registration; volunteers can pick up trash bags and receive area assignments at the Spillway Area.  Areas to be assigned include campgrounds, remote shorelines, roadways and back areas of DeGray Lake. Boats will be provided to transport volunteers to some assigned areas.

Following the cleanup, all trash is to be bagged and placed at the recreational area entrances or brought to the Highway 7 Area for proper disposal.

Lunch and prizes will be provided by local merchants from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Highway 7 Area Pavilion.  The Litter “Gitter” Awards will be presented to ten individuals by random drawing and an award will be presented for the most unusual item found. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact DeGray Lake Ranger Renea Guin at 501.844.7344 or Russ Johnson, President of Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful at 501.256.4262.

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the steward of the lands and waters at Corps water resources projects. Its Natural Resources Management mission is to manage and conserve those natural resources, consistent with the ecosystem management principles, while providing quality public outdoor recreation experiences to serve the needs of present and future generations.