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April 11, 2014

Boy Scouts Honored for Watershed Cleanup Efforts

The Boy Scouts of Eureka Springs were awarded the Volunteer Award by Kings River Watershed Partnership. Troop 67 has aided in the cleanup of the King’s River Watershed over the last several years. On March 10, 2014 a presentation was held during the annual Kings River Watershed Partnership meeting to honor Troop 67 for their hard work.

The Kings River Watershed

The Kings River Watershed Partnership (KRWP) in northwestern Arkansas is intent on “Protecting the health, purity, and economic viability of the Kings River Watershed, now and for future generations.” At least twice a year, usually at the head of spring and summer, members of the KRWP come together to participate in organized cleanups in problem areas along the river, such as dump sites, or simply their favorite fishing holes. In the past, they have retrieved as many as 54 tires, an old cook stove and 200 pounds of metal in a single cleanup!

The Kings River Cleanup Campaign is an ongoing project and continues to schedule these helpful cleanups. To learn more about the KRWP and the Cleanup Campaign you can visit their website.

A Trend for Boy Scouts

River cleanups are a valuable (and fun!) opportunity for Boy Scouts and “civilian” volunteers alike. Scouts can even earn their Soil and Water Conservation badge (upon approval by their merit badge counselor) for their participation in organized cleanups like the KRWP. To find out about watersheds in need near you, start surfing Creeklife!

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Posted by Mark Contorno.

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