> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Angel Jackson with the Floyd County Soil and Water Conservation office said she has seen the number of people volunteering each year increase.
She attributed the increased effort to awareness.
“Anything that we can be a part of or help educate the public to raise awareness about clean water, we’re all for it,” Jackson said.
Between 50 to 60 volunteers had checked in Saturday before noon, with more expected throughout the day.
One group of that brought more than 20 volunteers to the river sweep was from Heartland Nazarene Church in Floyd’s Knobs.
Jim Lockman, a trustee with the church, said the group is participating for its second year because volunteering helps give the church a break on its watershed bill for New Albany.
“But we also don’t mind helping out the community — it’s two-fold for us,” Lockman added.
About six of the church’s volunteers were picking up trash under the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge, which they said was just blanketed with paper.
“Every year we get more volunteers and every year the amount of trash is less,” Elble said.
She attributed to the diminished amount of trash has been aided by the buildup of the riverfront and more people visiting the banks of the Ohio River in New Albany.
“If you come down here and play, you don’t want to look at garbage laying everywhere,” she said.
She said throughout the years some strange and unusual things have been pulled out of the river.
That was certainly the case at the Falls of the Ohio, where the Jeffersonville girl scouts said they had found a door and a tire still on its rim.
But the oddest find of the day sent a group of six trekking back toward the Ohio River after someone shouted, “They found a hot tub.”