On April 21, 13 students and volunteers associated with the Students Promoting Environmental Awareness & Knowledge (SPEAK) group from Trine University in Angola performed river cleanup efforts on the Pigeon River.
The organization, lead by Brandy DePriest, scoured the river from SR 327 in Steuben County to Ontario Dam in LaGrange County, removing various types of common debris and even two tires from the river. The group has put forth the effort twice annually, spring and fall, since 2009.
"We are proud to be sponsors of the SPEAK group's efforts," said John Senecal, owner of Trading Post Canoe, Kayak and Campground in Mongo, who provided canoes, kayaks, tools, shuttle service, and debris disposal for the cleanup crew. "We know that the SPEAK efforts are making a difference in the quality and health of the Pigeon River as each cleanup nets less debris and the river as a whole is staying much cleaner."