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You can join in the big river cleanup

Volunteers gather trash at last year's Kinni Cleanup.

For the 20th straight year, a scores of volunteers will spread out along the banks of the Kinnickinnic River Saturday, April 26, but they won’t be angling for fish.

The Kinnickinicc River Land Trust (KRLT) is gearing up for its annual Kinni River Cleanup. Executive Director Dave Fodroczi said the effort helps the river in a “very tangible way.”

“We remove a lot of stuff that shouldn’t be in the river,” Fodroczi said. “Typically, we’ve had a couple dumpsters full of garbage.”

Volunteers are asked to pre-register. Fodroczi said this allows the KRLT to assign them areas to clean. They are also given a waiver to sign in order to participate.

The volunteers will gather at around 9 a.m. April 26 at the Glen Park shelter to receive their instructions. Then they will go to their assigned cleaning areas, and return from around 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The KRLT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the health of the Kinnickinnic River. The cleanup is the group’s signature event. 

Volunteers are encouraged to dress carefully for the weather, and to avoid bugs etc., plus long pants, boots and gloves are encouraged.

All participating minors need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver.

People can pre-register for the event through 5 p.m. Monday, April 21. For more information or to volunteer, visit, or call 715-425-5738.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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