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Debris Skimmer & Adopt-A-River Program
This adoption program requires just three days of personal, hands-on time annually and a commitment of no more than two years.

Businesses and community groups are being asked to volunteer for a first-ever "adopt-a-river" program in Wisconsin and remove trash along the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers and their tributaries, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Executive Director Kevin Shafer said.

Garbage pollutes the water and degrades habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife, Shafer said.

The program works alongside the district's 50-foot-long river skimmer. The skimmer, named Lynyrd Skymmr as a tribute to southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd in a 2011 contest, hit the water Tuesday for the first time this year under the command of Capt. Scott Cassavant.

His crews pull garbage, debris and navigation hazards out of the rivers near downtown.


 
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Lake Champlain’s Spring Flooding - Lake Champlain Basin Program Manager Bill Howland say’s that a visual confirmation of pollution is the brown plume seen along the shoreline. Not only is the sediment which contains phosphorous; one of the necessary nutrients for algae blooms, a problem, but the logs and debris that have been washed into the lake are being tossed on the shoreline with each wave, increase the amount of erosion that is happening.


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