Meridian Star

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June 20, 2013

Volunteers clean up Chunky River

MERIDIAN —     The East Mississippi Foothills Land Trust recently hosted the annual Chunky River Cleanup last Friday.

    The cleanup/canoe trip takes place each year in order to rid the Chunky River of trash. This year, several volunteers supported the cleanup efforts by helping to pick up pounds of trash seen in or around the river.

     The cleanup allows the EMFLT the opportunity to inform and educate people about the harmful impact littering has on the environment.

    "The EMFLT exists to promote conservation of Mississippi’s landscapes and waterways, and protection of the state’s natural resources," according to a press release.

      “Aquatic life, wildlife, and even our drinking water can be adversely affected by what is found in our streams and rivers," EMFLT President Tommy Vincent said. "I believe the volunteers that helped us have a clear understanding of how serious a problem this has become; our mission is to continue to spread the word of what our role is in protecting our natural resources.”

    Besides picking up trash while floating the river, volunteers were able to see wildlife such as turtles, frogs, and fish, and some participants were able to swim and play on a rope swing.

    Canoes were provided, free-of-charge, by Pearl and Wayne Smith, owners of Stuckey Bridge Canoe Rental.

    Following the cleanup, Chunky Shoals Fish Camp provided the volunteers with a meal of fried catfish or chicken, French fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, and sweet tea.

    In 2003, the Chunky River was designated a “Scenic Stream” by the State of Mississippi. One of the EMFLT’s goals is to maintain the river’s beauty.

    For more information about the EMFLT go to www.emflt.org or email EMFLT at emf.landtrust@yahoo.com.

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