Clean-up planned Saturday in Beaver Dam and Waupun
Mother Nature has altered, but not cancelled, Saturday’s planned waterway clean-up efforts in Waupun and Beaver Dam.
The cities will take part in the second annual event organized by the Rock River Stormwater Group and marketing students at UW-Whitewater as part of its Protect Wisconsin Waterways campaign.
The Rock River is a 284-mile river that encompasses many communities, and has become a staple of Wisconsin’s waterway system. The PWW campaign is a group effort to revitalize the Rock River and to help leave a positive footprint on the environment.
Last year’s clean-up events occurred in Beloit, Janesville and Waupun. Volunteers helped remove basic trash like plastic bottles to the more unusual – rubber tires, a TV and a boot from area waterways.
Saturday’s planned clean-up locations were to include eight municipalities in the Rock River watershed spanning from Beloit to Waupun. However, sweep events in Janesville and Fort Atkinson have been postponed due to flooding.
According to City Administrator Kathy Schlieve, a clean-up will go on in Waupun, despite the recent storm damage and flooding issues.
“We are going to focus on the parks instead of the river,” she said. “Many of them are taped off because of all the downed trees. We need many hands to help clean up brush so we can use our parks again.”
Waupun residents are encouraged to come to West End Park, at the corner of Beaver Dam and West Brown Streets, to volunteer from 8 to 10 a.m.
Beaver Dam clean-up will occur in Patrick Parker Conley Skateboard/BMX Park at the intersection of Fletcher Road and Beichl Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet at the park if interested in participating. Work gloves are recommended.
Ritchie Piltz, director of facilities and engineering, said he would like to see lots of community members, including school-age kids, help rejuvenate the park and surrounding storm water detention pond.
Individuals or groups interested in volunteering for the clean-up event in Waupun or Beaver Dam can learn more details and register at protectwiwaterways.org/get-involved/sweep/.