U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Contact: Kavanaugh Breazeale
Vicksburg District


11 August 2012

Corps' Louisiana Field Office will be a Sponsor For Ouachita River Water Sweep

Vicksburg, Miss -- The Vicksburg District's Louisiana Field Office (LFO) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Keep Monroe, West Monroe and Ouachita Parish Beautiful organizations will sponsor the annual Ouachita River Water Sweep. This year's event will be held on Saturday, 15 September, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at locations in Monroe, West Monroe, and Sterlington.

This annual event originated in 2006 and promoted making the outdoors more enjoyable and safe. During this year's event, volunteers and organizations will clean along the shorelines and within the Ouachita River, providing a better place for all types of outdoor recreation.

Volunteers will meet and sign up at any of four staging areas at Forsythe Park boat launch in Monroe, Lazarre Park in West Monroe, Moon Lake Recreation Area in Ouachita Parish between Monroe and Sterlington, and the Sterlington recreation area. Volunteer boaters will provide transportation for participants cleaning the Ouachita River.

The Corps will provide a barge and motor vessel that will depart from the LFO project office between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The barge will run between the Twin Cities to approximately the Moon Lake Recreation area, turn around, and return to dump trash at Forsythe Park that boaters have placed on the barge. More than eight tons of trash were collected from the river and shoreline during the 2011 Water Sweep.

An added attrraction will be Ouachita Parish's "Robertson Clan," stars of the popular "Duck Commander" reality TV show on the Arts and Entertainment network. In addition to meeting with local fans and signing autographs, they will also assist in the cleanup.

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 totals over 1,338,566 visitors.