For the 20th consecutive year, UW-Washington County is making plans to join efforts to clean up areas that include the Milwaukee River on Saturday morning, April 30 (rain date May 7). The project is in conjunction with the larger “Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers”(FMR) annual River Clean Up project and includes 50 different sites along the Milwaukee River from Kewaskum thru downtown Milwaukee. Typically over 200 volunteers, including UW-WC students, faculty and staff along with area Girl Scouts and community members, participate in the local clean-up efforts with state-wide volunteers numbering close to 3,000.
Volunteers will pick up garbage at several areas in the community including: the River Walk, Eisenbahn Trail,
Ridge Run Park, UW-WC and University Drive, Silver Creek, Quaas Creek, LacLawrann Conservancy, Bicentennial Park, the Milwaukee River and Lucas Lake (Silverbrook Girl Scout Camp).
The annual river cleanup is part of Keep America Beautiful - Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest annual community improvement program. FMR’s mission is to “protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors and to advocate for sound land use in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River.”
UW-WC faculty and staff joining the students during Saturday’s activities include: Wayne Schaefer, Toye
Ekunsanmi, Paul Price, Peter Gibeau, Robert Sanborn, Gary Britton, Tamara Becker, Colleen Vachuska, Peter Vachuska and John Howard. The group will meet at 8:45am in the student parking lot at UW-WC, located at 400 University Drive in West Bend and work until noon. Anyone joining the effort should plan to wear old clothes and shoes and bring their own
gloves and rain gear (as needed). Donations of baked goods are welcome. Trash bags will be distributed.
Participants will receive free t-shirts as well as a pass to the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Domes.
Other activities planned during Earth week include a focus on air quality by the UW-WC Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Club. Student science posters will be on display during the week of April 25 and will address this topic. In addition, the S.T.E.M. Club is sponsoring a seminar on Wednesday, April 27 in Room 228. The topic is “Air Quality and Human Health” and the guest speaker is Dr. Anne Dressel, Director, Center for Global Health Equity, Asst. Director, Institute for Urban Health Partnerships, and Project Director, Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing, Milwaukee. Tree planting on campus will also take place that week.
NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled to next Saturday, May 7. Please watch this website for updates.
Contact for River Clean up Project: Dr. Wayne Schaefer