River Clean Up continues tradition cleaning garbage from La Crosse area waterways

More than 700,000 pounds have been removed since the effort started in 1993

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Community members are giving their time to make sure that local rivers are clean.

Employees from Trane Technologies were at Goose Island to gather waste from the waters near the park.

The effort came at the start of the annual River Clean Up in La Crosse.

More than 700,000 pounds of trash have been removed from local waterways since the effort started in 1993.

Getting rid of garbage can have a domino effect on people’s actions.

“When there is a lot of garbage it begets more garbage. When it’s clean when somebody comes to a sandbar and it’s clean, they tend to want to keep it clean,” said River Clean Up committee member Russell H. Wilson.

You still have the chance to help.

Volunteers are needed Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at landings through the area.

Anyone coming to the site is asked to volunteer online before coming to one of the landings.

Details are available on the River Clean Up La Crosse website.