Last year I began the River Clean-up blog by saying, “On July 17th the high humidity and hot non-breathing breeze took over Hudson, WI.” This was in fact the day we chose to clean-up the St. Croix River along Lakefront Park and the marina in Hudson. This year, I could start this blog out by saying the same exact statement except there was a breeze! AND once again the heat didn’t deter our young people and members of the Hudson community from coming out to clean up the shores of the St. Croix River.
Water is the basis for life. The human body is more than 60% water: Blood is 92% water, the brain and muscles are 75% water, and bones are about 22% water. We literally can’t be human without water. We need water to quench our thirst, grow our food, clean our bodies, clothes and homes. One of the reasons we do this clean-up in Hudson is so that we have CLEAN water to quench our thirst. Imagine drinking contaminated water every day to quench your thirst. Contaminated drinking water is one of the major causes of health problems for people in developing countries and the leading cause of death in children. Drinking water is often too far away in rural areas and if it’s not clean, drinking the water
puts people at risk of serious waterborne diseases. WE are fortunate in Hudson to have so many volunteers that care about our waterfront and the St. Croix River.
We had a phenomenal turnout and we owe gratitude to the following clean-up teams: The Purple Tree, Destination Imagination, Saint Croix Sailing School, The Boy Scout troops, Hudson area churches, The Saint Croix River Association and our dedicated YAH youth: Rita, Tanner, Kendra, Jordan Shawna, Sarah, Natalie, Kathryn, Ashley, Hana & brother and Megan & friends! We survived the heat and made a difference for our Hudson waterfront!