Most of the Shopping Carts Removed from 'Cart Creek'

There's no telling the exact point Evansville’s Dry Branch Creek became “Cart Creek,” but it's been a problem for a while.

"Some were newer, but for the most part, I have a confirmation of at least seven years that they've been down here,” Courtney Woodruff said.

Woodruff first became aware of the problem last year. She wanted to help, but didn't have the platform to spread the word, until Evansville Courier and Press reporter Zach Evans stumbled upon the creek in March.

“And walked about a half mile length of the creek and counted about 60 carts, so I knew that something had to be done about it, so I wrote a story."

Evans, Woodruff and other volunteers banded together. With help from the city, they got to work.

"The magnitude of how much debris was there really hit me hard, and then to be able to hear the water flow was pretty amazing.”

The initial cleanup was back in May. On Saturday, the city pulled out 40 more carts, leaving the creek almost unrecognizable.

The volunteers who'd been there from the beginning stuck around, working on the sometimes-stubborn scraps.

“You could either view humanity in a really negative light, that they're throwing all this crap and rubbish into a natural creek. Or you can look at it as there's a handful of volunteers who care about their city and their community and nature,” Evans said.

It’s a mud-covered step in the right direction, but the ones wearing the boots are hoping it's just the first step of many.

“Wake up Evansville. Seriously, this isn't just about the carts. This is about our community. This is where we live,” Woodruff said.


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