Vicksburg, Mississippi…..The Vicksburg District’s Louisiana Field Office (LFO) of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Keep Monroe Beautiful, Keep West Monroe Beautiful, and Keep Ouachita Parish Beautiful organizations will sponsor the 2013 annual Ouachita River Water Sweep. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, 21 September, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at locations in Monroe, West Monroe, and Sterlington.
Volunteers can meet at Forsythe Park, Lazarre Park, Moon Lake, or Sterlington landings where they will register and receive t-shirts and cleaning supplies.
The event was originated in 2006 to provide enjoyable and safe areas along the Ouachita River for many types of outdoor recreation. During this year’s event, volunteers and organizations will concentrate on cleaning along the shorelines and within the Ouachita River.
If you would like to contribute to the community by volunteering to help with Ouachita River Water Sweep, email LFO rangers Diane Golden at Diane.Golden@usace.army.mil or John.W.White@usace.army.mil. You also may contact Courtney Hornsby of the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce at 318-325-1961 for further information.
The Vicksburg District’s LFO provides day-use activities and camping at two river systems and three lakes and encompasses the Ouachita-Black River, Red River, Bayou Bodcau, Caddo Lake, Wallace Lake, Grand Ecore Visitor Center, and the J Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center. The annual attendance at these areas has totaled over 1.3 million visitors.
Release no. 13-086