Students and staff at UW-Washington County are making plans to join over 3,000 volunteers in clean up areas that include the Milwaukee River on Saturday morning, April 26 (rain date May 3). This will be the 18th year that UW-WC has participated in this project that involves 50 different sites along the Milwaukee River from Kewaskum thru downtown Milwaukee. The project is in conjunction with the larger “Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers”(FMR) annual River Clean Up project. Community residents are also welcome to join the efforts. Last year, over 200 UW-WC students and faculty, area Girl Scouts and leaders, along with approximately 100 community members participated in the local clean-up efforts. The clean-up effort is part of Earth Week, which is being celebrated April 21-26, 2014.
Participants will pick up garbage at several areas in the community including: the River walk, Barton pond, Bicentennial Park, Riverside Park, Ridge Run Park, UW-WC and University Drive, Silver Creek, Quaas Creek, LacLawrann Conservancy, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust areas, Rolfs Dog Park, 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, Peter Gibeau, Talitha Selby, Robert Sanborn, Gary Britton, and Tamara Becker. The group will meet at 8:45am in the student parking lot at UW-WC, (400 University Drive, West Bend) and will work until noon.
Anyone joining the effort should plan to wear old clothes and shoes and bring their own gloves and raingear (if necessary). 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.
UW-WC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Club is also sponsoring a seminar during Earth Week. Dr. Subramanian Ramaswamy, Professor and Dean, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine from Bangalore, India will speak on Wednesday, April 23 at noon in room 228. The presentation is titled, “Blue Walleye Mucus as a Genetic Marker.” The discussion is in conjunction with Dr. Wayne Schaefer, Professor of Biological Studies, extensive research on this subject over many years. The community is welcome to attend the free lecture. No reservations are needed.