Lawrence County

Completed projects by the numbers

14projects

19,800hours

550students

Project spotlight: Sarah Murphy at Avoca Fish Hatchery

Sarah Murphy, a student in Professor James Farmer's SPH-O305: Integrative Resource Management, reflects on her experience as a native of Bedford, IN working with Lawrence County leaders to propose ways the Avoca Fish Hatchery can be preserved as a historical and cultural resource. The Avoca Fish Hatchery was built in the early 1800s, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources decommissioned the hatchery after nearly 100 years of stocking Indiana's waters with fish so Professor Farmer's students worked with Lawrence County to distribute surveys to determine how the community wants to use the site. An overwhelming majority of the 700 responses the student-conducted survey generated concluded that the Avoca Fish Hatchery remains a beloved public space with the potential to become the social and economic hub it once was.

I was proud of my community, that they actually cared about what was going to happen and that they took the time to be involved in our project.

Sarah Murphy