Patoka Lake Cleanup Day A Success

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Some of the shoreline at Patoka Lake Reservoir

PATOKA LAKE (Local Sources) – Patoka Lake, Indiana – More than 1,500 pounds of trash were removed from the perimeter of Patoka Lake during the annual Cleanup Day on September 12th

This year’s event drew 105 people to pick up litter in an effort to help ensure clean drinking water for more than 100,000 Southern Indiana residents. Many local residents made this a family event, and several high school clubs utilized it as a service project.

After signing in at 8:00 a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina, volunteers were divided into small groups and met with conservation officers who discussed safety instructions and distributed bug spray, grapplers, latex gloves, and trash bags. The volunteers were sent out to eight different locations pre-identified as having significant amounts of litter. They sorted the garbage as it was being collected, separating aluminum, plastic and glass
from non-recyclable trash. Their efforts were rewarded at noon with a free lunch, tshirts, and prizes.

Patoka Lake Cleanup Day is sponsored by Patoka Lake Watershed Committee, Patoka Lake Regional Water & Sewer District, IDNR/Patoka Lake, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

For more information about the Cleanup Day and how to make it a service project for your school and civic organizations, please contact Doug Merkel at
812.678.8300 or

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