Civil Air Patrol

La Crosse Squadron members pitch in for local clean-up effort

Photo by Maj. Todd Mandel - Cadet Master Sergeant Colton Wilbur and Cadet Staff Sergeant T.J. Henson take a television to the dumpster.

Photo by Maj. Todd Mandel – Cadet Master Sergeant Colton Wilbur and Cadet Staff Sergeant T.J. Henson take a television to the dumpster.

La Crosse, Wis. – The La Crosse River Marsh gives a home to abundant wildlife, serves as a critical wetland that prevents flooding and provides local residents with a variety of recreational opportunities.  However, for some folks it also serves as a place to dump garbage and refuse.  Over the Earth Day weekend, 21 members of the La Crosse Composite Squadron joined forces with WisCorps staff and volunteers to help clean up a portion of the marsh.

 

Working in teams, the cadets spread out and covered difficult to access areas that had not been cleaned in many years because of the terrain.  Over the course of the day the teams found televisions, computers, a dishwasher, bicycles, and other refuse.  Much of the refuse had to be loaded onto skiffs to remove it by water because of the inaccessibility of the terrain.  Teams took their collected garbage to a central dumping point where the waste was sorted into recycling piles.

 

Overall the teams worked for more than six hours and collected more than 300 pounds of refuse.  “It was great to help out and bring some much needed manpower and expertise to the day’s efforts,” said Captain Linda Zimmerman who served as the liaison between the Civil Air Patrol teams and WisCorps project managers.

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