For the 21st consecutive year, UW-Washington County is making plans to join efforts to clean up areas that include the Milwaukee River on Earth Day - Saturday morning, April 22 (rain date April 29). The project is in conjunction with the Milwaukee’s Riverkeeper annual Milwaukee River Clean Up project.
Locally, over 200 volunteers, including UW-WC students, faculty and staff along with area Girl Scouts and community members, participate in the clean-up efforts. State-wide, 3000+ volunteers will clean up approximately 50 different sites along the Milwaukee River from Kewaskum thru downtown Milwaukee.
Volunteers will work in teams, picking up garbage at several areas in the community including:
- River Walk (downtown West Bend)
- Eisenbahn Trail (north and south teams)
- Ridge Run Park
- UW-WC and University Drive
- Silver Creek
- Quaas Creek Park
- LacLawrann Conservancy
- Bicentennial Park
- 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. Milwaukee Riverkeeper's mission is to “protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds."
UW-WC faculty, staff and student leaders for Saturday’s activities include: Tamara Becker, Peter Gibeau, Chris Hays, Paul Price, Meghann Reigle, Rob Sanborn, Brandon Savage, and Stephan Scholz.
Anyone wishing to join the effort should meet at 8:45am in the student parking lot at UW-WC, located at 400 University Drive in West Bend) and work until noon. Participants should 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.