The 11th Annual River Trash Round Up is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21st. Volunteers should meet in the southeast corner of the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot for check-in, gloves and bags. Volunteers should wear clothing that can get dirty – preferably long pants and not shorts – and sturdy shoes. Canoeist and kayakers are welcome to bring their boats. Volunteers will receive an event T-shirt and enjoy a post-cleanup cookout.
“There is no need to pre-register, just come out the morning of the event,” said Libby Albers, an event coordinator. “Previous clean-up events have recovered more than a ton of trash from the river and its banks. Volunteers can have a real impact on cleaning our river in a short period of time,”
Sponsors will provide gloves and trash bags for volunteers as well as a packer truck to collect debris. Transportation to locations along the river will be provided.
The clean-up is registered with American Rivers as part of the “National River Cleanup” initiative. Many civic, private and government organizations will participate including the Arkansas River Coalition, South Central Neighborhood Association, Sierra Club, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops and the River City WRAPS program. Event sponsors are Cargill, Wichita Ducks Unlimited, the City of Wichita, Spirit Aerosystems and Waste Connections Inc.