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SINCE 2008, THE PROJECT HAS REMOVED OVER

56,767  LBS

WITH THE HELP OF OVER 

1,996  VOLUNTEERS

OF TRASH, RECYCLABLES, JUNK VEHICLES, TIRES & MORE  

WHAT IS THE PATOKA LAKE CLEAN SWEEP PROJECT? 

Patoka Lake is a significant area of natural beauty within the Patoka Lake Watershed located in southwest Indiana. Patoka Lake also serves as the drinking water source for more than 65,000 residents in 9 counties throughout southwest Indiana. Its confluence with the Patoka River lies in the northeastern corner of Dubious County and is where the City of Jasper draws its drinking water from. A mix of farms and agricultural land, small towns, and magnificent geological features mark this watershed that contributes water to Patoka Lake.

WHAT IS A WATERSHED? 

A watershed is a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually to outflow points such as reservoirs, bays, and the ocean. To learn more about watersheds and access other educational resources, click 

EXPLORE THE PATOKA WATERSHED

Explore the Patoka Watershed via Google My Maps! While the Patoka Lake Clean Sweep project focuses on the Patoka Lake-Patoka RIver watershed (the yellow area on the map), volunteer efforts help to improve water throughout the entire Patoka Watershed. All the precipitation that lands in the Patoka Lake-Patoka River watershed eventually ends up in Patoka Lake. From there it travels downstream on the Patoka River until it meets a channel of the Wabash RIver, and then the Ohio River, then the Mississippi before finally ending up in the Gulf of Mexico! This is why clean-up efforts are so important, everything we do can benefit our  neighbors downstream! Don't forget to toggle the layers in the menu on the left side of the map for more information!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Patoka Lake Watershed Committee is excited to announce the launch of our "Capturing Patoka" photography contest! Winners will be featured here on our facebook page, on our website, and recognized at our annual Fall Clean-up Day. The goals of the photos is to showcase the natural beauty and recreational value of the Patoka Lake Watershed. Photos can be of animals, landscapes, or people!

"CAPTURING PATOKA"

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RULES & HOW TO ENTER:

  • Submit your photo via the linked submission form. This link can be reached at: https://tinyurl.com/CapturingPatokaLake or via the QR code below.

  • Participants MUST post their photo to their personal Facebook page, tag our page, and utilize the hashtag #capturingpatoka

  • Photo submissions must have been taken between Labor Day 2023 (09/04/2023 ) and Labor Day 2024 (09/02/23). Photos must have been taken physically within the Patoka Lake watershed. Please reference the map on this homepage for the watershed boundaries.  

  • The submission deadline is Labor Day 2024 (September 4th)

  • Winners will be selected by the committee via a voting process

If you have any questions regarding the contest send an email to emily.russell@in.nacdnet.net

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