Jeff Ray – Friends of the Big Blue River

Jeff Ray

Jeff Ray (left) with some of his dedicated cleanup volunteers

Jeff Ray has made a major impact in the Big Blue River in Henry County Indiana. Jeff has led a river steward group for thirteen years. He has organized cleanups covering 13 miles of river, usually three per year or more.

The group participates annually in the local Day of Caring by doing a river clean up with them. He is in contact with local landowners and city and county employees with regard to good land management practices along the waterway. Jeff was also a major contributor to a watershed management plan for the river. He speaks to any group that will listen and monitors sections of the river. 

A few years ago, Canoe the Big Blue was organized. This is an annual community float where people are invited to bring their canoes and kayaks and view the beautiful resource we now have and which would not be possible without Jeff’s dedication. As we all know, maintaining a healthy river never ends. We know Jeff was there in the past, present and will be in the future. 

Jeff is concerned about all rivers, not just Blue River. He’s also helped in creating and maintaining wetland areas. He’s also been a leader creating bike/walking paths. Our latest one called the Wilbur Wright trail curves to the Big Blue so walkers can sit and enjoy the river.

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