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Tires, plastic bottles, fishing line, Styrofoam cups and more were collected by volunteers Saturday as part of the annual Patoka Lake Clean-up.
Individuals-young and old-, along with organizations picked up trash in the as part of the 13th annual event to beautify the Patoka Lake shoreline and areas draining into the lake.  John Wade with the Patoka Lake Watershed Committee describes where clean up crews were sent.
Clean-Up Day is coordinated by the Pakota Lake Watershed Steering Committee and hosted by Patoka Regional Water, Indiana DNR, and the Corps of Engineers.  The watershed committee is a volunteer group of stakeholders who bring awareness to the health of the watershed.  The Patoka Lake Watershed covers parts of Crawford, Orange and Dubois Counties.  John Wade describes the watershed area.
Greg Carpenter, project manager with the Army Corp of Engineers at Patoka Dam, discussed the importance of this event in relation to the Corps and the local community.
Patoka Lake is a vital part of our area providing flood control, recreation, and water supply to more than one-hundred thousand Patoka Lake water customers in Southern Indiana.
The Patoka Lake Watershed Committee hosted a Hoosier Riverwatch workshop this past spring and is planning a tour of Patoka Lake Dam and water treatment plant October 10th.  Details are available on the Patoka Lake Watershed Committee facebook page.

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