On July 17 the high humidity and hot non-breathing breeze took over Hudson, WI. Sam and I usually don’t complain. Fortunately the Hudson Professional Building cranks up air conditioning and we worry more about the amount of sweaters that we have hanging off the back of our chairs versus the temperature outdoors. Fatefully, this day would not be like the rest.
St. Croix River Awareness Week in Hudson, WI is July 16-20. And we had scheduled our annual River Clean-up for July 17. Thinking about it today, I wonder why Sam and I chose the hottest part of the day to tackle the Hudson Marina and Lakefront Park. After all, I lifeguard part-time and 1-4 p.m. is called the “hot shift” so we shouldn’t have expected anythingless than 85 degrees. As we made our way to Lakefront Park I kept thinking there are two reasons that people won’t show up to an outdoor event: one, thunderstorms and lightening, I would say rain but I think we all would have welcomed it yesterday and two, extreme heat I mean if you are really going to leave the coolness of your air conditioner you better be going swimming. Right?!
Well I was proved wrong. The heat didn’t deter our young people and members of the Hudson community from cleaning up the shores of the St. Croix River. Hope Halonen’s told her father it was good training for the Warrior Dash as he maneuvered his way across the rocks along the walkway that nearly extends to the Minnesota side of the river. We picked up a lot of trash. Lots of recyclables, anchors, clothing and rugs. This is just a sample but feel free to play “I spy” in the photo we posted OR see for yourself in person at the Lakefront Band Shell. We gave out creative awards like “Would you eat it?” and
“Hands, Feet, Head” for best clothing ensemble. Seriously if anyone is looking for socks, hats, shirts and even underwear they are right there in those bags.
Just one final tidbit! Communities benefit both economically and socially from a cleaner, healthier river: increased property values, reduced human health risks and increased recreation. For a real life example, my parents live in Knife River, MN just north of Duluth and their well system was contaminated with E.
coli from the recent flooding. So just keep in mind that trash can contaminate drinking water and threaten the lives of all who depend on it. We are grateful to everyone that came out to keep the Hudson community clean!
We would like to thank the St. Croix River Association for donating garbage bags and T-shirts for the clean-up and Family Fresh for donating snacks. And thank you to the Just Add Water art camp at The Phipps Center for the Arts for joining our team, as well as, Paul Bourget and his team.