THIS YEAR WE PULLED OVER ___ POUNDS OF JUNK FROM THE RIVER!
Last weekend, more than 200 volunteers spent a few hours in and around the water picking up other people’s trash. High water did not keep us from pulling out almost 12,000 pounds of debris, including; 100 barrels, 19 tires, a water heater, propane tanks, a few bikes, dozens of chunks of styrofoam, appliances, and too many pieces of non-renewable plastic to count.
THANK YOU to all who volunteered last Saturday! THANK YOU to dozens of local groups and businesses that contributed to make this day a success. Because of you, our rivers are cleaner.
See a great WXOW story about our day HERE. To see more photos and updates on a successful 2019 River Clean Up, click below.
2019 RIVER CLEAN UP IS OVER, BUT WORK CONTINUES. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE WATER RELATED INITIATIVES HAPPENING NOW IN OUR AREA, AND STAY INVOLVED!
2019 Soak it Up! Award
This is year two for The Soak it Up!Project! Award. Nominate your own project or another property owner who landscapes with water in mind.
Join us at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23 to honor 2018 winner Misty’s Dance Unlimited, 923 12th Ave S #103, Onalaska. See how a landscape with virtually zero runoff was created.
Water Friendly Edible Schoolyard at Hamilton Elementary, La Crosse
In collaboration with GROW La Crosse, phase one of the edible schoolyard project was installed at Hamilton Elementary, with pollinator patch designed and planted by enthusiastic 5th graders. Next up will be a bio-filter rain garden, multiple water harvesting barrels, native plants, fruiting trees, shrubs with edible berries, willow arch, raspberry patch, beautiful educational signage, and an outdoor classroom.
Educational Outdoor Signage at Northern Hills Elementary
Northern Hills staff understands the value of teaching sustainability at a young age. Hands-on, students learn in the outdoors and from three bio-filter rain gardens on campus. Lessons focus on native plants and their deep root systems, native pollinators, and preventing runoff pollution.
La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group is helping this school install signage in one rain garden, to educate staff, students and neighbors about what runoff pollution is, why it is bad, and what is being done at Northern Hills to prevent it.