Boardman River Clean Sweep
Hoosier Valley Road Report
October 12, 2023
2023 Project #48

After Karl and I had done a recon and marked all the trash on HV Road last Thursday, I put out a call for volunteers
to help us get it taken to the DNR disposal site on Mill Rd.

Photos taken for HVR RECON:.


Due to the volume of sofas, Lazyboy chairs and a fold-out sofa bed, the plan was to split into two groups and have group
#1 take the trailer and take care of taking the big stuff to Mill Rd while group #2 pulls the trash up onto the road from down
along the creek, then move to the next location and start there while the first group returns to HVR to pick up the staged trash
bags on HVR. Then they would join us at the next location farther down HV Rd.

Eleven people showed up to do the work and they were FAST. (Paul Ton arrived after this photo was taken)

By 9:50am, group #1 had completed the Mill Rd delivery and group #2 had moved to the next site farther down HVR,
near Blair Town Hall Rd.

That site held some surprises. We found a 5 gallon bucket of motor oil that was slightly spilled by accident but was
sopped up by Michelle C. with some old clothes she had found earlier. The oil has been reported to the GT Hazarous
Waste office and they will take care of it for us.

There were 3 tires and a lot of broken up concrete and a chest of drawers that was indestructable. I know I hit it
several dozen times with a 10 pound sledge hammer and it would not come apart. WOW!

After stopping at few more little sites along the way, we all made it back to Mill Rd. and unloaded the surprisingly heavy
stuff we had collected. It was only 11:30 when we finished unloading and cleaning up the trailer. It went very fast today
and our plan worked perfectly because Karl knew exactly how to make sure everyone in group #1 did what they needed to.

The DNR Mill Rd dumpster is pretty full but Ham pressed it down for us and there is still room for one or two more projects.

Nine of us had a very filling Burger King Coupon Lunch which was less than $45.00 and there was one burger left over.

Michelle C. found some evidence in one of the bags and it has been documented and it will be turned over to the DNR.

All the photos for this project are here:

All Photos taken today:.

Our work today was partially funded by grants from:

The Consumers Energy Foundation

National Cherry Festival Foundation

Adams Chapter Trout Unlimited

And private donors like you.

Thank you to the DNR for letting us use their Dumpters to dispose of this river debris.

Norman R. Fred
Chairman - Boardman River Clean Sweep
10422 Peninsula Dr. - Traverse City, MI 49686

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