This year, the Earth Day Cleanup that had been scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to noon will be Do-It-Yourself event. The Friends of the Black River won’t be holding its usual work-gathering and lunch in compliance with social distancing directives. Instead, FBR is encouraging individuals and household groups to adopt a park, segment of roadside or other favorite spot to clean up sometime near to or on Earth Day.
Roadside suggestions include Brockway and Bauer roads leading to Wazee County Park, Highway 12 East and Seventh Street running along Castle Mound State Park and Highways E and K leading to Hatfield.
Those participating are advised to use tick repellant, wear gloves and bright clothing such as blaze orange or reflective vests. Vests, trash bags and trash-grabbers are available near the Chamber of Commerce building on North Water Street in downtown Black River Falls near the start of the Foundation Trail as well as at the Wazee Park entrance hut.
A note will be posted nearby at those sites indicating where full bags can be left if cleanup volunteers prefer not to take them home and put them with their curbside pickup. Recyclables, especially aluminum, can be taken to Jackson County Recycling Center Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Wednesdays 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If large items are found, contact Jeff at 715-896-5534. He will be able to direct where the items might be taken. Jeff may also be contacted for other information.
As sincere thank you to all who are willing to serve their community and the environment during this extraordinary time.