More Than A Ton Of Trash Picked Up Around Patoka Lake During “Cleanup Day!”

Patoka Lake (Local Sources) – More than than two thousand pounds of trash was picked up around Patoka Lake this past Saturday….

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More than 125 people gathered 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 numerous high school students utilized it as their service project.

After signing in at 8:00 a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina, volunteers were divided into small groups and met with a conservation officer who discussed safety instructions. Then, they received their supplies of safety vests, trash grabbers, latex gloves, trash bags, insect repellent and water.

The volunteers were sent out to ten different locations around the lake pre-identified as having significant amounts of litter. They sorted the garbage as it was being collected, separating plastic, aluminum and other metals from non-recyclable trash. Their efforts were rewarded with a free lunch, t-shirts, and many door prizes.

Patoka Lake Cleanup Day is sponsored by Patoka Lake Watershed Committee, Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District, IDNR/Patoka Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Hoosier Hills Marina. For more information about the Cleanup Day and how to make it a service project for your school or civic organization, please contact Doug Merkel at 812.678.8300 or

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