"It's important for us to have pride in our community and transform our community into a place we can all enjoy," said Staci Hogan, President of Keep West Monroe Beautiful.
The Ouachita River is part of what makes Louisiana a sportsman's paradise. But trash along the shoreline, in the water, and even in the trees, takes away from the beautiful river that separates the twin cities.
"When the high waters come in, we not only get trash we deposit, we also get trash deposited from Arkansas coming our direction and it eventually ends up in our shoreline," Army Corp of Engineers Park Ranger, Denise Cook told NBC 10 News.
To clean up the river, organizations including the Army Corp of Engineers and Keep Monroe, West Monroe, and Ouachita Parish Beautiful organized the fifth annual River Sweep, and volunteers were out in full force today pulling…
"Nasty trash!" Said volunteer Mason Taylor.
Out of our river.
Without the help of the Army Corp of Engineers and generous volunteers, things like chairs, brooms, and even doors would be in your river.
Last year over nine tons of trash were pulled out of the river. But thanks to a day full of hardwork, the twin cities are a better place to live for friendly citizens, and scenic wildlife.