Patoka Lake Cleanup Results in 3,100 Pounds of Trash, Recyclables Collected

(PATOKA LAKE) – More than 222 volunteers picked up more than 3,100 pounds of trash and recyclables during the 13th Annual Patoka Lake Clean Up on Saturday, August 24.

Volunteers rid the lake and surrounding roadway of the debris.

In addition to 2,600 pounds of trash heading to the landfill, three tires and 300 pounds of plastic, aluminum, and other metals will be recycled.

Volunteers picked up litter to help ensure clean drinking water for more than 100,000 Southern Indiana residents and to beautify the shoreline. Volunteers consisted of individuals, families, friends as well as numerous high school students, scout groups, businesses, and organizations that utilized it as a service project.

Volunteers swarmed into the Corps of Engineers facility at the Patoka Lake Dam to sign in at 8 a.m. on the beautiful, unseasonably cool August morning. They met with a conservation officer for safety instructions before being assigned an area of shoreline, receiving safety supplies, trash bags, recycling bags, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent and heading out.

The volunteers were sent around the entire lake on shorelines, ramps, and roadways. Although the high water level made pick up close to the shore more difficult this year, volunteers did their best and brought in an amazing amount of trash. At 11 am, everyone headed back to the dam to be treated to a free fish fry, music, event t-shirts, goody bags, and prizes.

This year, Middle Patoka Watershed also hosted a popular education booth to show off the types of miniature life our waterways support.

Patoka Lake Cleanup Day is organized by the by Patoka Lake Watershed Steering Committee with much assistance from Patoka Lake Regional Water & Sewer District, IDNR/Patoka Lake and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The watershed committee depends on the generosity of local and regional financial sponsors to make their projects a success.

Troops 66 and 670 participated in the Patoka Lake Clean-Up as their #GSSIWeekofService project.

For more information about the Cleanup Day as well as other events and activities of the Watershed Committee, please see the group’s Facebook page or contact Doug Merkel at 812-6788300 or