The Ozark Heritage Project (OHP) will host its annual Lower Current River Cleanup on Saturday, July 8.

This will be the ninth year the non-profit has held this event on the Lower Current, and this year registration will be available at Log Yard and at the boat ramp in Van Buren; both places from 8-10 a.m.

OHP’s Current River Power Team will provide trash bags and work gloves for volunteers.

A meal will be served at Log Yard around 1:30 p.m. and free T-shirts will be distributed as well as door prizes for Most Trash, Largest Single Group of Volunteers and other awards given.

As with all OHP events, activities will be started with a prayer in recognition of God’s establishment of our beautiful hills and streams and in petitioning His guidance for our stewardship.

T-shirts are being sold to help fund OHP’s many activities. Shirts may be ordered and picked up at numerous local businesses, including the city hall and Holt’s Sales in Van Buren, Rocky’s Barbershop in Winona, Rowden’s Express in Eminence, and Ellington Auto Parts, Don’s Place and the Orange Blossom — all in Ellington.

OHP has been instrumental in removing debris and water hazards form Missouri streams for nearly a decade, and has removed more than seven tons already in 2017.

They have also been instrumental in some building preservation in state parks (including Montauk) and again co-hosted the massive river cleanup with NPS/ONSR earlier this spring. Other upcoming events include addressing water hazards in Jacks Fork and being part of an effort to remove much of the debris from Jacks Fork river bottoms later this summer.

Shirts are only $15 or two for $25 and are available in two colors. Their purchase supports these efforts as well as show community support for our clean streams.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the OHP at (573) 663-2269.

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MoDOT’s mission includes responsibility for other modes of transportation such as rail, river, air and public transportation.

In these areas, most of MoDOT’s funding comes from federal sources or from state funds that must be appropriated by the State Legislature because the State Road Fund revenues are constitutionally required to be spent on roads and bridges.

Some MoDOT facts that might interest you include:

• Aviation — Missouri has 123 public-use airports and 35 business-capable airports.

• Railroads — Missouri has 4,822 miles of mainline railroad track. Kansas City and St. Louis are the nation’s second- and third-largest freight rail hubs. Missouri has the 10th largest rail network with the 4th most tonnage carried.

• Waterways — Missouri has 1,050 miles of navigable rivers and 14 public river ports, including St. Louis that is the third largest inland port in the U.S.

• Public transit — Some 63 million public transit trips are made by Missourians per year. Some form of public transportation exists in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

• Freight development — Missouri is ideally suited to become a national freight leader due to its extensive transportation network and central U.S. location. Trucks, planes, barges and trains in Missouri move 1.1 billion tons of freight each year valued at $1.2 trillion.

• Bicycle & pedestrian — MoDOT has approximately 600 miles of shared-use paths on the state system, and works with planning partners to create transportation facilities that accommodate non-motorized travel.

(Jimmy Sexton is owner and publisher of the River Hills Traveler. He can be reached at (800) 874-8423, ext. 1, or jimmy@riverhillstraveler.com.)