By Stacy Engebretson. CREATED Apr 9, 2014
Green Bay, WI -- During a recent walk along the banks of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay, Mariah Pace was appalled by how much garbage she picked up in just a matter of minutes.
"Individually, we might not think that we're contributing to poor water quality but collectively it makes a huge difference," said Mariah Pace.
Pace is the Outreach Coordinator for the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. The non-profit organization was founded in 1992 with the goal of protecting and improving our water quality by uniting all entities that impact our waterways.
"We have a lot of extra, excess nutrients and sediment in the water which is problematic. It creates the algae blooms. It's hard for fish and plants to grow with all the extra sediment in the water, so it's important for us to try to do things to keep that out."
Pace says just about everyone, from industry to agriculture to homeowners, plays a part in the pollution problem, but we can also be a part of the solution through the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance's 2nd Annual River Cleanup and Celebration event on April 26th.
"There's always room for improvement and our water is one of the starting points," said Eric Loasby.
Loasby, a student at UW-Fox Valley, is among the 1,000 volunteers who will remove trash at 20 different sites along the Fox River shoreline stretching from Lake Winnebago in Neenah to the Bay of Green Bay.
"It always feels good to give back to the community and just kind of feeling that satisfaction that you've done something to help out the area," he said.
The event will also focus on education and what you can do at home to make a difference, such as picking up grass clippings and pet waste to keep bacteria and fertilizer out of the water.
Pace says, "All of our water is recycled. We never get new water, so it's important for us to take care of the water that we have so future generations can keep using it."
Now, community members are taking action to preserve the health of our wildlife and safety of our drinking water for many years to come.
After the clean-up, there will be a River Celebration at Voyageur Park in De Pere. The family event will feature lunch, music, fishing, face painting and more. Click here for registration and event information.