2014 Cleanup Day Videoby Brandon Grieve
In April 2014 we were honored to have dinner with CNN's 2013 Hero of the year Chad Pregracke, The Living Lands and Waters founder and president, while he was delivering a convocation and workshop at Centenary College in Shreveport, La.
He was gracious in letting us pick his brain for knowledge and ideas to enhance our annual clean up events.
What an amazing night we had as we listened to his unique story and learned how much this one individual accomplished at such a young age. He is truly an inspiration to us and we felt even better about continuing our mission and goals for Shreveport/Bossier.
Thank you Chad!
In 2010 an avid group of outdoor enthusiasts held a recreational paddle down the Red River which revealed a trash problem that seemed to be flowing under the radar.
Wanting to make a difference, the Red River Cleanup was formed.
For the past six years, more than 1,630 volunteers have participated in clearing 49,436 pounds of trash from the Red River and its surrounding areas.
We are igniting community pride by bringing Shreveport/Bossier residents together to keep the Red River and it's surrounding areas free of debris and trash.
Watershed Education is also a vital part of our event. If our citizens know and understand how the trash got to the Red River in the first place, we can zero in on the source of the trash problem and stop it in its tracks.
Cleanup efforts are the direct result of our committed volunteers and donations by our generous sponsors. Without them none of this would be possible.
If your company or organization would like to donate or sponsor our event, please contact: George Gehrig
For information on how your organization or group can help on cleanup day or to become a member of RRC, please contact: Lisa Willard
To all the 350 volunteers who braved the rain and helped to remove 12,036 pounds of trash from the Red and the surrounding areas.
To the volunteers that provided food, shuttle, boats and their precious time.
It is YOU that makes Shreveport Bossier City two kick trash cities!
Lunch provided by:
Prizes awarded at Crazy Trash Contest
Adam and Lisa Willard, Directors of the Red River Cleanup, were celebrated along with 5 other organizations for their outstanding achievement in natural resource conservation in 2014 at the 51st Governor's State Conservation Achievement Awards Program, hosted by Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
49,436 lbs of trash removed since 2010
2015 Pre-cleanup Video by Blackhelmet Films