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									            National Park Service                          Ozark National                       P.O. Box 490
            U.S. Department of the Interior                Scenic Riverways                     Van Buren
                                                                                                Missouri 63965-0490

                                                                                                573-323-4236 phone
                                                                                                573-323-4140 fax


Ozark National Scenic Riverways News Release
January 11, 2007

For Immediate Release


                           Foam Coolers Prohibited on Riverways starting 2007

          Ozark National Scenic Riverways has announced that starting May 1, 2007, all

polystyrene foam type food and beverage coolers typically known as “Styrofoam” coolers will

be prohibited on the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers within the Riverways boundary. This

includes all polystyrene coolers with an exterior foam coating or coolers made of solid foam.

        Missouri State Law requires that food and beverage containers have a solid lid that is
secured to the container to reduce litter in the event of an accident. Polystyrene coolers break up
easily into smaller parts which litter the river banks and the foam material never decomposes but
remains in the river system for hundreds of years. Using a hard-shelled plastic cooler with a
secure top helps to encourage sustainable practices and eliminate material going to the landfills.

      Fishermen can continue to use the smaller polystyrene foam containers designed for bait.
The National Park Service appreciates support from the public regarding this new regulation.

        The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is Missouri’s largest national park area and
protects 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. For more information, visit the park’s
Web site at www.nps.gov/ozar.


                                                             -NPS-




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