Watershed partnership hosts successful cleanup
The Kings River Watershed Partnership hosted its 10th annual Carroll County cleanup on Saturday, June 6.
The event had been postponed because of high water, and even a week later the flow was too strong to allow for safe trash and tire removal, so the group instead opted to clean a section of the smaller Osage Creek that is a major tributary.
Fifteen participants launched in canoes and kayaks from Butch Hanby's farm and covered 11 miles. They dug out 48 tires, a pile of scrap metal including a washing machine tub, a piece of rain gutter and several large metal sheets. Also found were a number of plastic feed bins and tubing.
In the end, there was more trash than the trailer could hold, so the bags of debris were consigned to the bed of a pickup truck.
After the long day of cleaning, the group enjoyed a barbecue supper and live music. The drawing for the kayak give-away was held and the kayak was presented to Gail Deweese, but most participants took home door prizes donated by locals merchants.
Carroll County Solid Waste accepts the tires and trash for disposal, and Ozark Mountain Trading Co. helped make the kayak raffle possible.