(LAKE MONROE) - Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Monroe Lake shoreline on Sept. 8.
Monroe Lake naturalist Jill Vance said the goal is to make the shoreline attractive to both wildlife and people again after heavy seasonal use.
"A summer of fun and recreation at Monroe Lake creates more than memories," Vance said. "It also results in a lot of trash."
Volunteers must register by Aug. 30 with Dana Wilkinson at (812) 349-2960 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited to 100.
Check-in for volunteers will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Cutright State Recreation Area boat ramp at the south end of the State Road 446 causeway.
Cleanup will begin at 3 p.m. and end with a "thank you" cookout at 7 p.m. Gloves, trash bags, and snacks will be provided, but volunteers should bring their own water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes for safety.
Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or participate with a group that has an official leader (such as Boy or Girl Scouts). Adults must sign a DNR volunteer agreement at check-in.
Some volunteers will be placed on foot crews but most people will be transported by boat to more isolated shoreline areas.
Monroe County Stormwater Program, Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs, Hoosier National Forest and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are sponsoring the cleanup.
Monroe Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2954.htm) is at 4850 South State Road 446, Bloomington, 47401.
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