The UWRBC is promoting stewardship of the Upper Wabash River through river cleanup days. Community members will join together to gather litter and debris that has accumulated along and in the Wabash River and dispose of it properly.
If you would like to be involved as a volunteer or sponsor for an Upper Wabash River cleanup, please contact the Watershed Coordinator. Additional clean-up activities are will be planned as weather allows.
The river clean up events are sponsored by the Upper Wabash River Basin Commission and the Wells Co. Soil and Water Conservation District, with support from the City of Bluffton and Wells Co. government officials.
June 25, 2016
The Wabash River clean-up event was held at Rose Road (CR 100 E north of CR 300 N) in Wells County. Volunteers collected over 30 tires, car hood, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, and a variety of other items. Volunteers helping with the event were: Greg Werich, Ainsley Werich, Hudson Werich, Blake Gerber, Stephen Bard, David Teeple, Cara Teeple, Ayden Teeple, Wayne Reinhard, Dave Lefforge, Laura Ainslie, Russell Ainslie, Paul Henderson and Stacia Henderson. Thank you to Wayne Reinhard and Tri-Hard Farms for providing the trailer and arranging for the disposal of the trash; and to Neil Laymon for providing canoes for the event.
August 29, 2015
The 2015 river clean up was delayed due to the June and July rain/flooding events. Eight people participated in the August 29th clean-up on the Wabash River at Rose Road, (north of CR 300 N) in Wells County. A variety of items were collected, including furniture, carpeting and construction materials that had been dumped along the river. Additional clean up events will be planned for this area due to the large amount of trash that remains. Volunteers were: Jim Wilson, Stephen Bard, David Lefforge, Russell Ainslie, Neil Ainslie, Doug Sundling, Paul Henderson and Stacia Henderson. Black Creek Hauling provided disposal of the trash and tires that were collected.
September 13, 2014
Eleven people participated in the September 13th event. The City of Bluffton provided two trucks and drivers for the clean-up activities. This clean up started at Kehoe Park and continued downstream to the Gerber Bridge at CR 100 N. Volunteers were: Chuck King, Neil Laymon, Kevin King, Allen Bricker, Doug Sundling, Rev. Neil Ainslie, Russell Ainslie, Dave Lefforge, Paul Henderson, Michael Henderson and Stacia Henderson.
June 14, 2014
Twelve people participated in the June 14th event. The City of Bluffton provided a truck and driver, and the Bluffton Fire Department and EMS Director provided safety watch for the event. Volunteers were: Chuck King, Doug Sundling, Andeena Oxley, Neil Laymon, Bev Balish, Noah Studebaker, Shane Liemgruber, Dave Schultz, Neil & Russell Ainslie, and Stacia & Paul Henderson.
September 28, 2013
Fourteen volunteers participated in the second “De-Trash the Wabash” River clean-up event sponsored by the Upper Wabash River Basin Commission and the Wells Co. Soil and Water Conservation District. The City of Bluffton provided a truck and driver, Dave Irwin and Jesse Marley of the Bluffton Fire Department was the safety coordinator for the event. Volunteers were: Chuck King, Doug Sundling, Neil Laymon, Dan Courtney, Andeena Oxley, Rick & Ethan McEvoy, Blake Gerber, Neil & Russell Ainslie, and Stacia & Paul Henderson.
July 27, 2013
Thirteen volunteers participated in the first “De-Trash the Wabash” River clean-up event. The City of Bluffton provided a truck and driver, Jon Oman to assist with the clean up and disposal of the trash. Jesse Marley of the Bluffton Fire Department was the safety coordinator for the event. Other volunteers were: Doug Sundling, Rev. Neil & Russell Ainslie, Bev Balash, Noah Studebaker, David Lefforge, Dan Courtney, Paul Waddles, Neil Laymon, and Paul & Stacia Henderson.