News of the Week

Dec. 11, 2015
(The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is distributing this information as a courtesy to interested parties in Oklahoma on behalf of Oklahoma River Warriors Inc.)
Dec. 4, 2015
Oklahoma River Warriors Attack Litter in Waterways
    The Oklahoma River Warriors group will get to work at 9 a.m. Dec. 19 on the first of what organizers hope will grow into a concerted statewide effort to clean up streams, rivers and lake access points across Oklahoma.
    The group will debut this campaign near downtown Tulsa at a local access point and popular fishing spot on the Arkansas River.
    Litter is a major problem in all areas of Oklahoma. One only has to look around a little bit to see that. Plastic bottles and foam cups litter gutters up and down suburban streets and rural roads and ditches across Oklahoma. Plastic bags can be seen blowing in the wind and snagged in trees and fences everywhere. On the banks of a stream, river or lake, these types of things gather. Along waterways, they are particularly noticeable because they float and they are persistent. 
    The only way to keep these things from a continued migration down the river is to pick them up. 
     "People will surely have a laugh or two when they hear that we are trying to clean up the Arkansas River," said Scott Hood, president of Oklahoma River Warriors Inc. "For me, it's just this simple: To do anything you simply have to start. So why not start with something big and with something people will think it's impossible to do? A little bit here and a little bit there, and at some point in time perhaps even this job can get done.
    "To move a mountain, you start with one rock. To clean up this river and all the others in Oklahoma, it starts with one plastic bottle." 
    The goal of the Oklahoma River Warriors is to spread across Oklahoma by finding local organizations and interested groups and for those groups to conduct cleanups on their own local streams and rivers. ORW wants to establish an individual coordinator for a stream, river or local lake access point and have that individual's group maintain the cleanliness of their place with annual or biannual cleanup efforts.
    The City of Tulsa is working on just such a plan within the city limits with an "Adopt A Stream" program. Adopt A Stream organizer Jacob Hagen said, "There's no reason the two programs couldn't be great partners. The Oklahoma River Warriors is designed as a statewide program, and the City of Tulsa is certainly in Oklahoma, and we want to support this effort." 
    People interested in helping with the Dec. 19 cleanup effort should plan to report to the parking lot near the 71st Street and Riverside volleyball courts at 8:30 a.m. The cleanup will be from 9 a.m. until noon. The effort will focus on litter removal from the 71st Street Bridge southward to the first drainpipe off of Riverside Drive (about 1/4 of a mile).
     All participants must sign a waiver before participating and should check-in at a tent that will be onsite. Each will be offered a cleanup bag or two and will be loaned a pair of trash-pickers while a limited supply lasts. Volunteers should wear long sleeves and gloves, and be prepared for the day's weather.
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            Contact:  Scott Hood, president, Oklahoma River Warriors Inc.
       Telephone:  (918) 636-6179