Ste. Genevieve, Mo. – 3.5 tons of trash was removed by volunteers in a single day from a 60-foot deep sinkhole cave.
The Missouri Department of Conversation said that the focus o the recent project was an area in Ste. Genevieve County which had a lot of sinkhole formation. Bedrock in the area is dissolving, producing caves, springs, and sinkholes.
The garbage was pulled out by the local community, boy scouts, and other volunteers. In total, 250 discarded tires were removed from the cave.
“Dumping trash and other refuse in sinkholes and caves will ultimately end up in our waterways,” said Jason Crites, a fisheries management biologist with the department. “I encourage people to refrain from dumping, especially in these locations.
To find out more about nearby sinkholes in Ste. Genevieve County, check this Ste. Genevieve County sinkhole map.