Community volunteers are needed to help clean up and beautify the area of Malcomb and Bryant streets beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 27.


The purpose of the event is to help protect the region’s water quality, support a healthy lifestyle, and increase the aesthetic beauty in Pine Bluff, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service.


A community volunteer is asking others for help with the project. Participants will spread out to plant flowers, prune plants, and remove illegally discarded trash, or litter, from roadside ditches.


Volunteers will be provided with gloves, trash bags, plants, tools, water, snacks and a free T-shirt.


According to the release, an Extension Master Gardener, Homemaker, and Arkansas Watershed Steward organizes this cleanup and beautification event.


“Extension Master Gardeners and Watershed Stewards have contributed $65,000 in community service so far in 2019,” according to the release. “Anyone can contact Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Pine Bluff Clean and Beautiful Commission, or Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Program to receive assistance with a community cleanup event.”


Organizers and sponsors of the July 27 event include the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church, Arkansas Game and Fish Stream Team, MK Distributors, Arkansas Community Foundation, and the Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program of the Extension Service.


For details or to register for the cleanup, contact Dot Hart at dotleedunn@aol.com or the Extension Serivce, 870-534-1033.


For more about organizing beautification and cleanup events or about protecting water quality, contact John Pennington, Jefferson County urban stormwater agent, at jhpennington@uaex.edu or visit http://www.uaex.edu.


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