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04/11/19 11:08:am


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This adoption only requires your attention for a few hours, twice a year, but makes a world of difference supporting clean water, river restoration and community revitalization. The third season of the Milwaukee Riverkeeper Adopt-A-River Program is underway with community organizations cleaning up trash and taking part in the #Trashtag challenge on social media.

Through the Adopt-A-River Program, volunteers have committed to cleaning 5% of the 875 river miles for the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers.

In 2018 alone, more than 1,300 volunteers picked up more than 16,000 pounds of trash along our waterways. Adopters reported plastic food wrappers and cigarette butts as among the most frequently found items. The Adopt-A-River Program is leading the way in community stewardship and environmental beautification. This year, the program hopes to commit 100 community groups to adopt and clean portions of the river. To find an open section of the river on the adoption list and for more information about the program, CLICK HERE.  

The Adopt-A-River Program is supported by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Community partners include the Rotary Club of Amigos de Milwaukee, Sierra Club, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the Friends of Lincoln Park.


Volunteers remove garbage from Lincoln Creek in Milwaukee, WI