Cleanup of the Lost River Watershed

Release Date: May 16, 2012   Hoosier National Forest

Contact(s): Teena Ligman, (812) 276-4757

Picking up trash in the Lost River Watershed

Ginger Korinek, Lost River (Indiana) Watershed Coordinator, was looking for a way to involve the community in watershed cleanup efforts. She designated one week in May as river cleanup days for people across local counties and towns. Korinek felt this was an opportunity for local residents to give back to the places they’ve lived in and enjoyed for so many years.

On May 15th, several Hoosier National Forest employees volunteered including: Todd Dempsey, Gary Dinkel, Paul Fountain, Shelley Grimes, Jeremy Kolaks, Amanda Kunzmann, Teena Ligman, Nancy Myers, Jonathan Porier, and Chris Thornton. They met along the river banks to receive gloves, trash bags, orange vests, and a safety briefing from the State Police.

Most of the Lost River is clogged by debris and log jams. The group chose to pick up trash from road side ditches draining into the river, which hadn’t been cleaned in quite a while. After five hours, they collected 62 bags of trash and one bag of recyclables.

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