Why do River Clean-Ups?

Why do River Cleanups…

According to American Rivers, millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s rivers and streams every year from litter on the ground and illegal dump sites. Trash is more than just an eyesore; it can contaminate your drinking water and threaten the lives of all who depend on it.

Whether it is run-off, sewage overflow, gas drilling, or invasive species, folks who experience a stream or river first hand then want to know “what else can I do” after the cleanup is over.

By partnering with American Rivers during the National River Cleanup effort, Friends provides free trash bags, national recognition and awareness as well as help with volunteer engagement and technical support to everyone who registers for our cleanup.  

Why Crooked Creek?

Crooked Creek is part of our watershed. It originates near Marble Falls in Newton County, flows north and then east through Boone County and continues east across Marion County where it empties into the White River.

Crooked Creek has received national acclaim as one of the top smallmouth bass streams anywhere, and its reputation is well deserved.  Ideal habitat and an abundance of crayfish, hellgrammites and other smallmouth bass foods combine to produce large number of quality fish.  However, the state of Arkansas added “Crooked Creek” to its “impaired Streams” list in 2005 because of high water temperature related to gravel mining.

Friends of the Rivers has served as “creek keeper” for Crooked Creek for over a decade now, participating in regulatory comments that stop in-stream gravel mining as well as cleaning up different sections of the creek on an annual basis.

We have two new Friends of the Rivers join us in 2016 in highlighting the value of clean, healthy water on Crooked Creek. Our business partners are Melinda Caldwell with Via Recyclables and Larry Jenkins with Ozark Mountain Trading Company.